Never Beyond: Choosing Grace Instead
What an image huh? It’s an image that some of us know more about than others. It’s an image that we have seen in numerous history textbooks. It is an image that speaks volumes and brings to mind harsh words. Violence. Abuse. Racism. Hate. Inhumanity. Injustice. Terrorism.
But what if we replaced those harsh words with a different set of words. Mercy. Forgiveness. Peace. Love. Grace. What if instead of having feelings of hate, bitterness, and resentment stir inside of us, we would instead have feelings of forgiveness, acceptance, and grace. Now, in no means am I saying that we have to accept the evil acts, but I am asking us to reconsider our reaction to the people. It is a hard pill to swallow, I know. I mean, how we could ever forgive such horrible events? How we could ever offer grace to those who show no mercy? How we could ever accept those who do not accept us?
“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” Luke 23:34
Jesus, himself, chose to react to the horrific actions against him in a different way. He chose not to give into bitterness, resentment, or hate. Instead, he chose to forgive. He chose to show grace & mercy to those that withheld it from him. If we truly are disciples of Christ, then this is how we are to live also. By choosing to follow Christ, we have chosen to offer mercy and grace instead of hatred and bitterness. I know it is not easy. I know there are times that we fail. But we have the power of Christ dwelling within us. We have the Holy Spirit that empowers us to live as Christ lived. We must choose to be bold with our grace. We must choose to offer grace no matter what. My friends, we have been called into Promised Land living. We have been called to an abundant life. It is challenging, yet beyond rewarding.
Whatever image of hurt, hatred, abuse, violence, inhumanity, or injustice you come across in your life, I pray that you choose to give grace boldly.
Grace and Peace
This is part of People of the Second Chance (POTSC) Never Beyond poster series. Overthrow judgement. Liberate Love. Find out more at www.potsc.com