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Living Effectively for Christ 18- Being Grace-filled

Day 18- Being Grace-filled
Ruth P McDonald

“He’s a bad guy—did you hear what he did a few years ago?” The judgmental whispers swirled around the room. People were hungry for details. With shock and disdain, they absorbed and spread the sordid tales of his sin. Adultery. Murder. Betrayal. The fingers pointed as the people tucked away the details of his past—a juicy story to share with any new audience they may have. It didn’t matter how long he lived; there were always going to be people who only saw one window of his life, the window he despised. Yet it was the one that had allowed him to know God in a way few ever would.

But there was Someone who, in grace, was willing and able to forget his past after he repented and confessed, and who called him “a man after God’s own heart.” This was King David, a man highly respected and dearly loved by God Himself, a man who, despite having had a window of time in his life that was dishonorable and very wicked, was given a place and honor in the family of God and in Scripture.

Maybe you know a “David”—I do. In fact, I dearly love a “David” and am a living testimony to the grace of God upon not only my “David” but myself as well. One of the deepest heartaches I feel is when people choose to see him in light of his sinful season, and not for who he really is. And if I’m honest, I’m no less a “David” in my own ways, prone to pride and self-righteousness, traits that the Holy Spirit hates. Yet God has showered us with His grace, so how can we not extend it to others in the face of their sins! Is not the refusal to do so a mockery of the blood of Jesus? Did it cover our sins, but is unable to cover the sins of someone who is “worse” than we believe ourselves to be?

Oh, but grace! It is the grace that allows us to love others with every flaw exposed, the grace that opens our eyes to the shortcomings of our own hearts, and propels us to show compassion to those who fail or fall. It is the grace that always sees the best in people and refuses to hold grudges. Is this not an effective way to show Jesus to a lost world? Is this not the example we always see from our Lord in Scripture? A grace-filled spirit is one of the loudest ways we can demonstrate God before both believers and unbelievers.

Do you know someone who’s said they never apologize because they’re never wrong? I’ve actually heard this from a few people, and it always baffles me—especially from the mouth of a Christian. The truth is that we’ve all sinned and fallen short (Romans 3:23). We all do things that hurt other people. We all make mistakes. We all need grace. And as believers, we should readily forgive others considering all that God has forgiven us. We should be known as people who are filled with grace.

May each of us be challenged in our walk as Christ followers to forgive others easily and shower grace on others, just as we’ve received it from our generous God. May we be the ones who build others up and share the good things we know about them. May we be like the Lord and see people for who they are, not for who they were. After his time of spiritual darkness and sin in taking a married woman for himself and having her husband killed, King David went on to do many wonderful things for the Lord. Many of the Psalms were written by David and they show his repentant heart and deep love for God. Maybe people whispered about his sin for the rest of his years, but God didn’t. May we be willing to be gracious, just as we would desire to receive grace when we ourselves fall and fail.

“For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.” (John 1:16, ESV)
“But as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all earnestness, and in our love for you—see that you excel in this act of grace also.” (2 Corinthians 8:7, ESV)

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