July 22nd – Graceful

Seek peace with those who disdain. Give grace to those who do not understand. Slowly you approached, even now difficulty in abandon to My ways. As I give grace, so too My followers. It is grace, not judgment that draws. There will be a time for judgment. All of the earth will know that time, but you shall be witnesses only, and even now it is the same. Your eyes are blocked with righteousness not of your own. You were called and cleansed, not that you would judge, but that others would know of that cleansing. They are to be drawn to the Living Water. Do not be a barrier of righteousness to the starving. They know not what they seek. If they see in you disdain for theirs, they will not taste what you have found. Patience and kindness I have shown the world. My eyes see the great suffering, but wait that those drawn will come. You do not know who the Father draws; do not judge. It is a poor counselor who knows not whom he prosecutes. You have been given grace in abundance; do not hold from those who have little.

Eph 2:8-9 (ESV) – For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.

Bottom Line:  Who will you work with today that “rubs you the wrong way”? We rubbed God the wrong way at one time, and at times, we probably still do. What was His response? It is truly amazing sometimes, knowing how bad we have been, and still can be, that even after God’s grace rained down upon us, that we can be so judgmental of others who are without grace. Jesus was humble and gentle to the lost. He wept for them, ate with them, and very patiently taught them. He loved them before they knew Him. Even with Judas at the table, Peter after his denial, and lifelong crooked tax collectors, we are awestruck by our Master’s grace. it is time for us to again focus on that aspect of who we are as Christians. We are called always to be, even with the lost, full of grace.

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