We’re all tempted to get even when we’ve been wronged; our natural reaction is to retaliate. However, a better response extends grace. It not only demonstrates self-control but it shows you don’t take your cues from how the world would respond—but rather from what God wants you to do.
We have already examined grace from several perspectives: vertically and horizontally, relationally and doctrinally, biblically and personally. We have discovered that grace is important in our homes with family members, in our churches where we serve so closely alongside one another, and at our jobs where the world is watching when the pressure mounts. In all these situations—especially when disagreements abound—we must work our way toward peaceful resolutions.
Someone did the math and figured there are 7,474 promises in the Bible. Are they all for you and me to claim? Chuck Swindoll says there are two kinds of promises in the Bible: personal and universal. Learning to discern between the two is the challenge.
More than three hundred years ago, John Bunyan wrote his immortal work, The Pilgrim’s Progress. It’s the fascinating story of one man’s pilgrimage from earth to heaven and the numerous obstacles he encountered along the way. Those familiar with the story have no trouble remembering the pilgrim’s name: Christian. However, most don’t recall that Christian’s given name was Graceless. All of us who claim the name of Christ as Saviour have a similar story. Our name is now Christian, but it was not always so. Before Christ became part of our lives, we were people who lacked grace.
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