In every generation, the Church's remnant is the comparatively small company of wholly surrendered uncompromising "disciples indeed" who continue walking closely with Jesus while the majority of their professing Christian peers live in spiritual lukewarmness or full-blown apostasy. -Greg Hinnant
Today is the day to call up your Mom and wish her Happy Mother’s Day. If you have a broken relationship with your mother, take the first step to restore what was once lost. Offer grace and mercy to a soul who needs it. Forgive.
Your mother may not have been the best parent. She probably made a lot of mistakes. She may have even been abusive. BUT, take the time to call her up and let her know you love her.
25 So stop telling lies. Let us tell our neighbors the truth, for we are all parts of the same body. 26 And “don’t sin by letting anger control you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 for anger gives a foothold to the devil.
28 If you are a thief, quit stealing. Instead, use your hands for good hard work, and then give generously to others in need. 29 Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.
30 And do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live. Remember, he has identified you as his own, guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption. Ephesians 4:25-32
12 Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. 13 Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. ~Colossians 3:12-13
Dictionary.com defines grace as mercy, clemency, or pardon. Merriam-Webster‘s definition is a special favor, disposition to or an act or instance of kindness, courtesy, or clemency. Another definition of grace that I found online was God’s riches at Christ’s expense. A definition that we use at church is unmerited favor.
I’ve decided that I’ve learned a lot about grace in 2011; things that really changed my way of thinking about others, so in 2012 I’m going to continue to work on giving grace. If God was willing to give me unmerited favor when I didn’t deserve it, then who am I to deny my brothers and sisters the same grace? So, I look forward to sharing moments of grace with you, my reader, as 2012 unfolds.
God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. Ephesians 2:8-9