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I’m Work in Progress; I’ll extend Grace!

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Each one of us has been created with unique capabilities, strengths and opportunities. God, in His own design has also allowed an equal measure of weaknesses that we can only work on. He also presents situations in life that cause us to identify our weaknesses and possibly work on them; if we are willing to allow ourselves to be conformed into the image of His Son Jesus Christ.

Many of us come out as very self-confident people. Opinionated. Selfishly indomitable. Very sure of what they are saying or mean. Liars. Unable to forgive. Very selfish; we may not share a meal with anyone we had not ‘planned to share with’. We want to take all the glory; credit for anything including that which belong to others. We want to say things that favor our situation today and change tomorrow if the same thing does not favor us. We are Gossipers. Malicious. Fornicators… the list is endless.

Simply put, we all have weaknesses. Much more than we think of. You deal with this one, you move on and discover another mountainous weakness lies ahead. By prayer and discipline you conquer it. You discover yet another… and that is the life of a believer. We like to be pardoned and understood, but we rarely pardon others immediately.

Our easiest scape goat when we discover somebody’s weakness is to avoid them in that area, or avoid them completely all together. I have departmentalized my friends without even giving some feedback, (forgive us Lord). We have people we have categorized as difficult to live or work with. We have often imagined in our minds:

How can someone in sound mind do that?! or

Who on earth does that?! I could never do that!

I think she deserved that punishment. etc. etc.

Unless we have daily put our thoughts to submission to Christ, and made it our endevour to think only of whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable— excellent or praiseworthy– (Phil. 4:8) then we will again and again imagine that we are better citizens and consequent believers who deserve a special place in heaven.

I was recently deeply wounded by somebody. My trust was completely shaken and the confidence bruised. I wanted to blunt out to that person that they were the most inconsiderate person I have met. I wanted to share just as I am writing here. Then I took it to the Lord in prayer. And He responded; My child, extend grace. When I shared with my husband, he took me to Ecc. 7:21-22 that Do not pay attention to every word people say, or you may hear your servant cursing you— for you know in your heart that many times you yourself have cursed others. Breathtaking! I translated to; many times I have hurt others. Many times, in protecting my name, somebody else was discredited. Many times, in thinking only about myself, somebody saw my selfishness and was hurt. Again an endless list.

In conclusion, I write this as one pot that is shapeless and in peaces, in need of the Potters workmanship. I am work in progress. I write as one that has been unable to extend grace, but grateful that God has shown me this weakness and confident He is able to lead me through to (again) be conformed into the image of His Son Jesus Christ.

And I write to you, dear brethren, that ye may learn to Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. To Forgive as the Lord forgave you (Col. 3:13). To give feedback, and to endevour not to avoid people on account of their weaknesses. That ye may learn that Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. Matt. 5:7 .

And when the Lords says ‘bear’, He provides enough grace to do so.

When He says forgive, He provides enough Grace to forgive, no matter the hurt.

We can extend Grace. I can Extend Grace. Amen.

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