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Day 24 of Lent: Grace

Posted on Tue, Apr 02, 2019

fog-3050078_1920There are certain words or terms which we use as a part of our Christian faith which we might not always think about or fully appreciate.  Our verses for today give us a chance to really ponder one of those words or terms – Grace.

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” (Colossians 3:12-13)

Before we can even begin to try to put into practice the thoughts from those verses, we need to remember what grace is and apply it to ourselves.  Simply put, Grace is God’s love which he shows to us as sinners, even though we don’t deserve it.  The ultimate expression of grace was when God had Jesus die on the cross to pay for every one of our sins.  But that is not by any means the end of grace.  Grace is showed to us each day as God forgives our sins, even though we repeat the same ones over and over. Grace is showed to us each day as God gives us everything that we have even though we often fail to ask for it and grumble about what he does give us.

Just stop and ponder those things for a moment.  When you do, you are likely overwhelmed by what God does for you in grace.  He loves you in abundance even when we are far from loving to him and to be honest are oftentimes downright unlovable.

It is grace, and only grace which gives us the power to begin to do what Paul encourages us to do in the verses for today!  What Paul is really encouraging us to do is to take the grace which God has shown to us and seek to show and share it with everyone around us. Not just those who are kind, loving and loveable, but everyone.  What message would it send if you showed overwhelming love to the person who does nothing but frustrate or mistreat you?

I believe that these verses help us to stop and ponder what grace is all about and how much it should mean to us.  God didn’t give up on you, he showed you his grace.  What a way to thank him for his grace as you seek to show and share it with everyone you meet!

Posted by Joel Gaertner

Rev. Joel Gaertner is The Lutheran Home Association Vice President of Ministry and National Director of Jesus Cares Ministries (JCM). He provides spiritual guidance to our entire organization and develops and guides JCM programs in congregations. Pastor Gaertner and his wife, LuAnn, live in Cudahy, Wis., and have two adult children. Outside work, he enjoys golf, walking and watching just about any sporting event, especially the Green Bay Packers.

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