Extending Grace

You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to human traditions…You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe your own traditions.  Mark 7:8-9

In these verses, Jesus is condemning the Pharisees for being more worried rules and traditions than the heart of Jesus. Well…me too, sometimes…”Christians” have rules, standards, and morals that we adhere to–and rightly so I imagine.  Purity is important. Reputation is important. But GRACE…GRACE, I would argue, is more important.

Grace.  Undeserved favor.  As in, I don’t deserve forgiveness, but because of grace, it’s mine if I choose.

Grace.  Fully accepting other people just as they are. No judgement or condemnation. No deciding that what someone else chooses is “unacceptable” or wrong.

Grace.  Loving others (the command of God spoken of in Mark 7:9) instead of worrying about right or wrong.

Grace.  Believing that every person deserves love and acceptance(whether or not they are currently behaving in a lovable way)

Grace.   My goal for 2013.  To extend grace. Every day. It’s mucho difficult for a legalistic, conservative, uptight person like myself.  Only by His grace, I will show grace to others.

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourself with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Col 3:12

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