through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God. Romans 5:2
I love talking about the grace of God! If I ever had a daughter, I would have named her Grace. I think (and I may be wrong) that none appreciate the grace of God like those who have been incredibly wicked in their past life before Christ. I was one of those incredibly wicked people who today revels in the lavish grace bestowed upon me by our merciful God.
Do you seek God's grace daily? Many of my counselee's truly do not understand this grace they have received. They remain stuck in the performance mode that religion brings, believing that if they obey then God will love them and accept them. Their acceptance by God is entirely driven by what they do or don't do, say or don't say. That my friends, is not an understanding of grace.
What would it look like to be a "grace dropper?"
When Paul spoke of grace it was always with the understanding that a) grace was not earned, it was a gift, b) it was to be extended to others, and c) grace is sufficient, lavished on us, and brings us peace with God.
Grace from God is on display in our lives every moment. We sin and think little of it multiple times each hour- it is grace that keeps you from being killed by God. We are able to be kind and generous, loving and caring and it is because of the grace of God we have received. Some people really, really struggle with grace because it takes "me" out of the equation altogether.
For all things are for your sakes, so that the grace which is spreading to more and more people may cause the giving of thanks to abound to the glory of God. 2 Cor. 4:15
Where is the grace of God in your life? Is it spread around to those you come in contact with? Is grace evident in your speech? Is it displayed to your counselee's as you counsel from the Word of God? Is grace your default position?
Just a few questions to contemplate as we go forward.