Open to God’s grace
My grandmother was a very gracious woman, and one of the finest women I have known. She was always there. She loved all her grandchildren. She was an example of grace and love, also dedication and care for others. She was such a wonderful grandmom. She helped me to realise my mistakes and seek to be a better person. In fact, probably, it was her prayers that made me come to the Lord and be a Minister today.
I learned from my mistakes and became the person that I am today because she was there. She taught me something about leadership and grace that reflects how the Lord often teaches us.
God isn’t afraid of our mistakes. He knows what we are made of and how quickly our life on earth passes away—it’s a drop of water compared to the ocean of eternity that awaits us. Yet God offers us grace through Jesus Christ to erase our sin and mistakes here on earth. However, this grace that He gives us is for a purpose. Grace enables us to work towards goodness—it empowers us to attempt to live a life that glorifies God. When we make mistakes, His compassion is new every day (Lamentations 3:22-23), graciously insisting we try righteous living again and again.
The Apostle Paul writes, “Working together with him, then, we appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain” (2 Corinthians 6:1).
Paul is essentially pleading with the Corinthians to be reconciled with God and allow grace to reconnect them to their purpose to live in harmony with the Father and obey Christ’s teachings.
Far too often believers receive Jesus as Lord and wonder at His gift of salvation, but never allow God’s grace to spur them on to change their behaviour to reflect what Jesus taught. This is receiving grace in vain, and it isn’t what God intended.
Paul reinforced this same admonishment in his letter to the Romans. He writes, “Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance” (Romans 2:4)?
Again, the goodness or grace of God has a purpose. Its purpose is repentance—which is a deep sense of regret and remorse that results in the change of behavior and direction. Repentance is a picture of a traveler heading the wrong way, when a kind person explains that they’re heading for a cliff. In response he turns around and heads the other direction to find a mountain set to majestic views, rivers, life, fruit, adventure, and paths designed to strengthen him. It is wonderful, however, it is not going to be always easy.
So live and share God’s grace today. Understand that God’s grace empowers us to live our purpose to imitate God as His dear children (Ephesians 5:1). Fundamentally, God's grace has authorized us to learn to love and look to Eternity as our present reality.