Advancing the Conversation of Jesus
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It’s amazing to me that Jesus never talked about grace; he lived it out every day!
Grace means to have unmerited favor…that which you didn’t deserve. We miss grace all of the time, since we believe grace is the result of our performance. It most certainly is not!
By seeking the power of grace for ourselves, we will naturally be able to pass it on to those around us. There seem to be two primary dimensions to grace. The first is the power of forgiveness. Remember when Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times? ” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy times seven.” Jesus is saying that forgiveness is unlimited. Luke encourages forgiveness in this way: Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.
The second dimension of grace is freedom. This freedom is the freedom to be our true selves, to live as we were designed to live. For instance, fish were created with gills and fins, and are therefore free when they swim in water, not when they try to walk on sidewalks.
Humans were created in the image of an other-centered, loving, Creator-God-and are therefore free when they love God and others, not when they live for self. Do you believe that this is true freedom? You will never be free until you do. But even if you believe this, only Jesus can set you free from the selfishness to live this way. Jesus says, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” (John 8)
SO, be seeking the power of grace daily. Now, this is amazing grace!