The longer I minister to people, the more I realize that most people in life are dealing with difficult issues. If you aren’t, consider yourself blessed. Some are dealing with not just difficult issues but debilitating issues – some physical, some emotional, some financial.
Without being cavalier let me say – That’s Life. Jesus warned us about it (John 16:33).
While we would like life to be all roses and candy, more often it resembles dead flowers and stinking fish. That’s Life.
If you are going through one of those times in your life, whether it is difficult or debilitating, what you need more than anything else is Grace to Heal. God’s grace to be specific. In His grace is healing power for whatever you are going through.
But here’s the thing about God’s grace – it normally comes through people.
There’s no pill called the Grace pill. There’s no elixir that you can take that will give you more grace. There’s no Grace Spa that you can go to. There are only four places where you can find God’s Grace.
The Bible. Prayer. The Holy Spirit. And God’s People.
That’s it. That’s the short (literally!) list.
But that’s enough. It is ALL you need.
You already know what to do with the first two. Read the Bible faithfully. Pray faithfully. The third one (Holy Spirit) is totally up to God.
But what about the last one? God’s People?
You can control how much or how little you read the Bible and pray. But you can’t control God’s People. They are literally out of your control. You can’t demand that another person give you grace. All you can do is wait for someone to show you grace, either through an intentional act or perhaps without even realizing it.
And that’s where we as Christians come into the picture.
God wants us to be people of Grace. While God does work in significant ways through scripture and prayer, and He is always working in our lives through the Holy Spirit, He also works in significant ways through His people. That’s why there are so many commands in the Bible like Be Kind; Love One Another; Pray for One Another; Build each other up, etc. It’s all about becoming a person of grace.
The apostle Paul exhorts us to Be followers of me, even as I also am of Christ (1 Corinthians 11:1). By following Paul’s teaching in the New Testament, we are in the end following Jesus, the ultimate Man of Grace.
So if you are breezing through life today – look for someone who isn’t and show a little grace.
If you are struggling today, it’s still a good time to show grace to someone else. Being the healing power in their lives will also turn on the healing power of grace in your life.
At some time(s) in life we all need Grace to Heal.
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