How do you see grace?

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living©

Though grace is shown to the wicked,
they do not learn righteousness;
even in a land of uprightness they go on doing evil
and regard not the majesty of the LORD.
(Isaiah 26:10 (NIV))

Have you ever heard someone say that God has it out for them? Perhaps you have heard someone say something similar to “Why should I trust God? What has He done for me?”

It is a shame that so many people don’t think that God has ever done anything for them.

What are your thoughts on this matter? Do you think that God has done anything for you? Do you think that God is out to get you?

You would be surprised at how many people who profess a faith in Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior feel that they still are on God’s bad side. They feel that their sins are just too bad to be forgiven. They cling to a faith in Jesus, but in the back of their mind they wonder if it is true. They do not realize that God’s grace is complete. They fall just short of those who fail to recognize God’s grace at all.

Which is worse – those who have doubts or those who fail to see God’s grace and accept God’s grace at all? How far does God’s grace extend? He shows it even to the wicked, but does God give grace even when it is rejected? Unfortunately, too many people believe just that. Even sadder is the fact that too many people go out of their way to do exactly opposite of what God commands. In essence, they thumb their noses at God. Just like Satan, they think that they are better equipped at being God.

If someone goes out of their way to do things that upset you, do you extend grace if they seem to like causing you headaches? How do you think that God feels towards those who constantly reject Him and continually do evil?

It is a matter of attitude. Acceptance and forgiveness or rejection and consequences. How do you see God’s grace?

Copyright 1998 – 2009 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
http://www.dailylivingministries.org
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