Can you predict what will happen this afternoon? Overall, maybe.
What about next week? Less likely.
Next year? Don’t even try.
Uncertainty in 2021 looms large, especially coming straight from 2020. Uncertainty in our relationships, too. Friendships are stretched thin. Family relationships are fragile. Infighting is too common.
We’re at a crossroads.
If there’s one thing we need, it may not be to know the future. It may be to hold on to this for the future: God’s grace.
Grace Is a Game Changer
Understanding our need for grace is the first step in healing relationships. It involves self-awareness. It involves confession. It involves repentance.
Paul David Tripp in 40 Days of Grace says there’s no greater danger than the danger we are to ourselves. We need help. And we need help outside ourselves.
“The person who is comfortable in his own righteousness hasn’t really understood grace, and the person who is unimpressed by God’s grace hasn’t really understood his sin.”
Asking for help doesn’t come easy to us. But if we want out of the messes we’ve created, confessing our need for intervention is critical. It involves grace.
“Grace is the ultimate spiritual game changer. It is the one thing that has the power to change you and everything about you. It is what all human beings need, no matter who they are or where they are.”
Receive and Give Away Grace
Next, we need to receive the grace that God is giving us. An unopened gift sitting unwrapped on the shelf does us no good. Let’s rip the paper off God’s forgiveness for us and bask in his kindness. Soak in his grace.
And then, let’s give grace away every chance we can.
“God is not satisfied with you being a witness to his work of grace. He’s called you to be an instrument of that grace to others.”
That doesn’t mean that we don’t hold people accountable. We do. There are still consequences that must be faced, by us and by others.
But grace makes those consequences easier to accept, our burdens easier to bear.
With more grace comes clearer vision. Healed relationships. Deeper love.
Count on Grace
To make peace with the uncertainty of unpredictable times, we can be certain of one gift that will keep on coming: grace. God and his grace are inseparable.
Receive it for yourself. Then pass it along to someone else.
Grace is one thing we need now and always.
On January 21, and on the 21st of every month, join our One Word 2021 community here as we link up posts, images, articles, about our one words. My word is “Uncertainty.” What’s yours?
To help me deal with uncertainty, I’m writing a 28-day series beginning February 1, “I Just Can’t See It! How to Uncover Hidden Biases” (or something like that). Visit Anita Ojeda to learn more about the #write28days challenge.
Where have you seen God’s grace in the past week? Who has needed grace from you? Please share in the comments.
My thanks to Crossway for the
review copy of 40 Days of Grace
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