For The Real You

Grace Gives Grace


1 John 3:16 – 19.

“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. If someone has enough money to live and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion, how can God’s love be in that person? Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other. Let us show the truth by our actions. Our actions will show that we belong to the Truth.

Christ’s example demonstrates to us that the depth of real love involves self-sacrifice. When we reach the place where our lives are governed more out of concern for the needs of others, totally exempt of any selfish motives whatsoever, then we begin to enter into this mysterious dimension of agape love. A dimension where grace resides and mercy is abundant. It’s a level of living where a selfless giving of time, energy, effort, prayer and yes possibly even giving of life.
itself in order to supply those needs for others. Talk is cheap and it’s easy to talk our faith, but quite another to sacrifice and do and give and go to support our words. To talk it and not back it or to use our words to enter into frivolous debate about our faith, only weakens the Truth, but ahhh…the “actions” speak the loudest… Just live
it!

Nothing graces the Christian soul as much as mercy, compassion, forgiveness and kindness! Have you been graced by God? Has He redeemed you, forgiven you and set you free? If so, then you’ve been graced. Let’s, by the power of Christ in us, grace our offenders and those within our circles of influence with our actions, not just our words.

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2 responses

  1. Actions require work. Without work there is no harvest. No harvest no reward. The Lord does not force us to work but His words encourage us to.
    What more do we need? Reminders like your post. Thank you.

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    April 7, 2012 at 7:16 pm

  2. Jantzika

    I like that thought! Thanks Patricia! Blessings.

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    April 7, 2012 at 7:46 pm

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