Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Inclusive Christians Offer Grace to All


My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism. (James 2:1)

 Have you ever noticed that some people are easier targets for grace than others? We don’t like to admit this, but we would rather show grace to certain people; and we would rather not show grace to other people. Whether it’s because of who they are, what they’ve done, where they’re from or what they smell like; I know I often find myself tempted to not extend the same grace to one person as I would to another.
Read and Contemplate James 2:1-13.
We are commanded to not show partiality.
We cannot be obedient to Scripture and treat some more graciously than others. We need to look at people through our “Jesus Goggles”.
We need to see people the way Jesus sees them, not the way they look to us. Jesus didn’t care if people were rich or poor, ugly or beautiful, fun or boring, loud or quiet, outgoing or withdrawn, etc. (you get the point!). Jesus saw everyone around him as someone who needed grace.
When you view people with Jesus Goggles, you will see them differently:
  • You’ll no longer see people who have offended you; you’ll see people who need to be offered grace.
  • You’ll no longer see people who are irritating; you’ll see people who need to be shown grace.
  • You’ll no longer see people who drain your energy and resources; you’ll see people who are desperate for grace.

Today: Every time you interact with someone, ask yourself how Jesus would see this person. Then deal with them accordingly!

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