“See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no ‘root of bitterness’ springs up and causes trouble…” (Hebrews 12:15)
I love to receive grace and forgiveness. I need it. In the past year, I’ve been pulled over twice by police officers for speeding (both when driving Sue’s little red Mazda, which I rarely drive!). Both times, I found myself hoping for grace AND forgiveness from the officer. Thankfully, both officers gave me just a warning to slow down and be safe. Grace and forgiveness received! Yet, I sometimes find myself secretly hoping for a police speed gun around the corner when someone zooms past me.
I always want my share of grace, but I’m not always ready for others to have it.
Grace and forgiveness are like inseparable twins. The more I comprehend how much of them I need and have been given, the more love I show to others, especially my family.
“Her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.” – Luke 7:47
Though God’s grace and forgiveness are freely offered through faith in Christ, we can fail to truly obtain or accept it. That’s a problem because our capacity to love is regulated by the grace and forgiveness we have obtained. So, if we find ourselves loving little we need to examine if we’re missing out on the full reality of God’s grace and forgiveness for us.
Lord, help me not to miss your grace and forgiveness. Let me fully obtain and embrace your grace so freely offered in Christ, that my love for you and others might be great.