Growing in Grace: Choosing Grace Over Judgment

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Unidentified tree in Waikato region, New Zealand. Original by Floyd Wilde.

Yesterday, I talked about those days where it is ever so obvious to me that I am desperate for the Lord’s grace.

Today I think about others.

I don’t know about you, but I am often quick to judge. Not intentionally. Not outwardly. But, that in the back of my head, silent judgment. The kind that creeps into my heart- a critical spirit of others.

I often draw conclusions of other’s based upon what I initially see. I see a life style. I see a family situation. I see an addiction problem. I see something on the outside.

But, the truth is there is always SO much more than that.

There is always a story that I don’t know. A journey that I have not walked. A life situation that I was not born into.

Many times there are trials, and heartbreak, and scars that are hidden from the surface.

Just like me, they are broken.

Just like me, they need grace today.

Instead of my criticism, my judgment that lacks understanding, they need grace. They need to see God’s grace pour through me.

Maybe their day was hard, or their life was hard. Maybe they have endured more than you or I could ever imagine. Maybe they need some grace, some compassion. Just as I need grace each and EVERY day.

Who do you know that you have blindly walked by as you quickly passed judgment and moved on with life?

Who in your life have you labeled as a problem, or an addict, or an issue?

Today, show them grace.

Because God has never stopped showing us His abundant grace, and He never will.

1 Peter 4:10 “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms”

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15 thoughts on “Growing in Grace: Choosing Grace Over Judgment

  1. I LOVE this!!! Last year for my One Word I chose grace… I thought it was because I wanted to focus on the grace that was shown me, but through a couple of very difficult decisions I learned that it was really because I needed to learn to give grace… and I’m still learning. Just last night I was really frustrated about a situation and I even posted about it on facebook… not names or situation, but about loving others. I was griping and saying, “Lord, it isn’t fair that I have to be nice to so and so because they sure aren’t nice to me. They don’t deserve it.” And He whispered to me and said…”You don’t deserve it, either… but I died for you.” Oh, thank You, Lord, for grace!!! And for reminding me over and over again that to receive I must give!

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  2. Without God’s grace, we’re nothing. All that we have and all that we are is because of Him. It’s so easy to fall into self-righteous thinking. We even need God’s grace to save us from our own self-righteousness.

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  3. So with you there. I am a very critical person. but I love this quote by CS Lewis: ‘You have never talked to a mere mortal.” So when I am tempted to be critical (which is often), I remind myself that they are someone who matters to the One.

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  4. I think I needed this today. Sometimes I fall into the world’s trap of placing degrees of brokenness onto people. I acknowledge that I’m broken but assure myself that at least I’m not “that broken”. I admit that my kids are broken but remind myself that it could be worse. If I broke my favorite vase, I wouldn’t say, oh well, it’s only 30% broken. Broken is broken and only the grace that comes from God will fix anyone.

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  5. I’ve displayed a critical spirit a time or two (or many), and it’s something I continually take to God. He’s shown me grace, beyond grace. I desire to do the same for others. Thank you for this beautiful reminder today! Glad to be your neighbor at Inspire Me Mondays! Blelssings!

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  6. Agree. Beautiful and wise words. I am forever grateful for God’s amazing, inexhaustible, undeserved grace He has poured upon me! Freely we’ve been given, freely we must give. May we extend grace and mercy received from our Heavenly Father to everyone we meet!

    ~Urailak @Living for God http://bornagainandblessed.blogspot.com/

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