See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled. (Hebrews 12:15)
Grace is critical for our relationship with God, others, and even ourselves. While we receive His grace in faith (Eph 2:8-9; Romans 3), it’s a continual journey towards indiscriminate grace. Brennan Manning best describes this flow of grace – “As we come to grips with our own selfishness and stupidity, we make friends with the impostor and accept that we are impoverished and broken and realize that, if we were not, we would be God. The art of gentleness toward ourselves leads to being gentle with others and is a natural prerequisite for our presence to God in prayer”.
Grace IS the Good News. In Scripture, it is the separation of the sheep and goats, to love and care for the inflicted, to reconcile with your fellow brother, to turn the other cheek, to forgive 7×70 times, the Fruit of the Spirit, etc. Grace is our faith on display in all aspects of our life.
“Is it possible for the rose to say, ‘I’ll offer my fragrance to good people and withhold it from bad people?’ Or can you imagine a lamp that withholds its rays from a wicked person who seeks to walk in its light? It could do that only by ceasing to be a lamp. And observe how helplessly and indiscriminately a tree gives its shade to everyone, good and bad, young and old, high and low; to animals and humans and every living creature — even to the one who seeks to cut it down” (Anthony DeMello). In order to obtain this beautiful, indiscriminate grace, we must be in continual and humble prayer and silence before the Lord.
Dr. Beth Ackerman is the Associate Dean, School of Education, at Liberty University. Learn more about Liberty University here.
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