Grace is unfair.
That is pretty much the point. One man, yet a deity, sacrificed his own life so that you could have yours. Not only for you, but for every other human being who has and ever will be on this planet.
That is extreme grace.
We love to look at that grace and sometimes our eyes water, maybe a tear falls for the unworthiness we feel to have been awarded such a prize. To be chosen. To be viewed as so valuable, someone would willingly die for us.
Then we run into a rude checker at the store, a guy cuts us off on the freeway, or the field trip coordinator at your child's school forgets to give you some very pertinent information and suddenly we are so irritated, so annoyed, we think and rethink of the offending incident over and over. We replay all the ways to respond or wish we could have responded to 'put them in their place'.
That's ridiculous. I never lose my patience like that. People make mistakes. Until it's something bigger than a simple mistake. Until it affects our personal lives. Until it affects us. Until it IS us.
Grace is often easy to receive and a challenge to give. We want it so badly for ourselves. We strive for it. We know we need it. Sometimes we even demand it.
But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many! ~Romans 5:15
Grace never works alone.
It is so closely tied to forgiveness and love. God gives the gift of grace to us and its power is so strong, it enables us to forgive and love others freely. It empowers us to have compassionate hearts that view others through the eyes of God's love. Instead of the eyes of our own condemning heart.
Do we offer grace to the grocery store checker but not the adulterer?
Grace for the guy on the freeway but not the porn addict?
Grace for the field trip coordinator, but not the one who stole our spouse?
Christ wasn't just thinking of and dying just for you, while he was on that cross. He was thinking of and dying for your offenders as well.
Grace is grace...and it's all grace.
Don't stop here...take the next step. The Unfairness of Grace Part 2: Extravagant Injustice
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