What is Grace?

I’m linking up with the gang at Five Minute Friday.  The one word prompt is “guide.”

So what can I write that’s different or profound on the word guide that has not already been said?  I’m not sure I can.  We all know, I hope anyway, that we should not let our conscience be our guide.  We know that God’s word should be our guide.  We know that we should be like the Bereans and search the Scripture to see if what those that are guiding us about Scripture is correct.

And yet, there are so many misguided souls.  Christians that believe grace and mercy mean acceptance of sin.  But friends, that’s not what the word of God says.  Yes, grace.  Yes, mercy.  Letting one continue in sin because it “feels” right doesn’t make it right and unfortunately, it’s not grace.

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I fear our human definition of “mercy” is sending people we say we care about to hell.  Yep. Not a popular subject, but it’s where my hands sent me, and since it’s supposed to be unedited, I’ll leave it.   Letting someone continue in sin is not compassion.  It’s not grace and it’s not mercy it’s indifference.

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I know from first-hand experience that it’s not easy to confront sin.  Especially when those involved don’t want to listen but it’s still the loving thing to do.  In fact, letting one continue in their sinful lifestyle in the name of mercy is saying that you know more about God’s grace than God himself knows about it. You don’t.  And neither do I.

God’s grace calls us to guide those living a lifestyle of sin to the Gospel. It is the Gospel alone that offers forgiveness for “them” and for “us.”  And that my friend is true mercy.  That my friend is true grace.  That my friend will keep those we love from the fiery pit of hell and keeps us from that pit as well.   Love. In the form of Jesus Christ on the cross to take their sin, and ours when we deserve an eternity without hope. That’s the gospel.  When there was none, he gave us hope for an eternity beside our brother with the scars we should wear, that’s Jesus Christ on the cross.

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Let’s not cheapen God’s grace by acceptance of sin in the name of mercy.  Let’s not jeopardize the eternity of those we say we care about by telling them their sin doesn’t matter. God’s word says otherwise.  Let’s put them in front of the mercy seat where Jesus presides.  Where the Gospel offers forgiveness if only we come.

 

10 Comments

  • Anita Ojeda

    08/27/2017 at 7:24 pm Reply

    I struggle with this–I know we need to speak up, but so often it’s not done in love. For me, the important thing is to build relationships with people so that when I admonish them, they know I speak from love.

    • Christy

      08/27/2017 at 9:05 pm Reply

      You are so right Anita. Done in love for sure

  • Andrew Budek-Schmeisser

    08/26/2017 at 1:03 am Reply

    Christy, you’re so right…seeing someone walking in sin and being ‘accepting’ is like seeing someone standing on a twentieth-floor ledge and asking, “Want a push?”

    • Christy

      08/26/2017 at 11:31 am Reply

      Wow that’s a word picture I don’t want any part of Andrew

  • Vicki

    08/25/2017 at 5:35 pm Reply

    Whew! You had a lot on your heart. You’re right that there are so many misguided souls. Christians must hold to Jesus and His Word and reach to those lost in sin. It won’t help someone dying of a terminal illness to advise them in long-term investments unless you give them the cure.
    God bless!

  • Tara

    08/25/2017 at 5:31 pm Reply

    I always appreciate your words too friend! Great post!

  • Jeanne Takenaka

    08/25/2017 at 5:27 pm Reply

    Christy, you always have a way of speaking truth unflinchingly. It’s one of the reasons I enjoy your posts. 😀 That said, thank you for the reminder that we are called to be salt and light, and that sometimes looks like us sharing truth, even when it’s uncomfortable, and even when it’s not accepted. True love is shown as we speak truth with others, not just what they want to hear.

  • Carol Emmert

    08/25/2017 at 5:00 pm Reply

    Pointing them to the mercy seat, where Jesus presides. So well said. Jesus is our only hope for grace and mercy.

  • Lesley

    08/25/2017 at 4:49 pm Reply

    I love how Jesus is described as “full of grace and truth.” I think it’s very easy for us to lean more towards one or the other when we need both, and I agree that we can be too ready to overlook sin sometimes, thinking we’re showing grace but loosing our grip on truth in the process.

    • Christy

      08/25/2017 at 4:54 pm Reply

      Yes, grace and truth! Balance between both is so necessary! Thanks for stopping by!

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