November 11, 2011

faith walk friday #9

I failed to offer someone close to me grace yesterday.  Isn't that an awful thing to admit?  In my mind I remembered the times this person has failed in this particular area in the past and my mind defaulted to judgement and skimmed right over grace.


I am so thankful that God doesn't do that with me...He would have been finished with me a long time ago, that's for sure. 

What a humbling way to enter into our faith walk friday topic this week.

On receiving grace - I remember hearing a speaker once say that the enemy doesn't really need to be very creative with us to get us to fall into temptation and sin.  Most of us struggle with the same sins over and over, like a homing pigeon flying home.  He just dangles a well worn carrot in front of us and we take the bait.


This is certainly true for me. I know I ask God for grace in some area of my life...

every. single. day.

And He gives it to me...

every. single. day.

This doesn't mean that I give up the fight or that I don't continue to ask for the strength to withstand any temptation.  It means His grace and forgiveness are complete each and every time I come to Him with a contrite heart.  His only requirement is that I forgive and offer grace to others in the same way.

I am not the Judge, He is, and unlike me, He knows what's in the heart of the accused.  I'm just supposed to remember the grace He has shown me and extend it to others.

He is God and I wouldn't want it any other way.

Faithfully His, Patty

14 comments:

  1. I have just discovered your blog while browsing, It's beautiful! The way your write is so uplifting and brought a smile to my face whilst reading. Im new to blogging, visit mine if you get a minute. Lovely to meet you. Katie x

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  2. This is lovely, Patty and just what I needed to hear this morning. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  3. This is right to the point God was making to me this morning...even before the sun came up. His grace and mercy are new each morning...and I need to receive them and give them to others also

    Yes, repeating the same sin over and over again...only by the power of the Holy Spirit can I be set from from them

    Great post

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  4. ~sigh~... thank you... ~sigh~...
    this is just what I needed to hear today after struggling with myself today.

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  5. Oh my, how many times have I done that? Thank you for the gentle reminder about the undeserving Grace He freely gives us. xo

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  6. You are a beautiful, gracious example of God's Grace today! I love this post and your spirit in sharing it. So true!!! "But for the Grace of God go I", is what I am reminded of so often during daily life. You blessed my day today.

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  7. What a beautiful way to start my day.....God's Grace is never-ending and you share that so well in your post.

    Blessings to you my friend,

    Debbie

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  8. So sad to say I fail many times in offering grace too.
    We all need a fresh start everyday.
    And as you say, our Lord is ever ready to give it to us.

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  9. What inspiring words. I read many people saying that it is what they needed to hear today, and I feel exactly the same way. Thank you for posting about God's grace. Even when we do sin, if we realize what we did was wrong and ask for forgiveness God will forgive us. What an amazing God!! Thanks for posting :)

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  10. Yes... it's a daily miracle.
    Our Father in heaven doesn't let one day pass without giving us tender mercies.
    How grateful I am for His tender mercies!!

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  11. Thank you for sharing this. Beautifully said. Heather

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  12. That's good for me to remember as well in dealing with some people in my life. Thanks for sharing.

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  13. I too am so thankful that He is God and that He is the judge..good thing it is not left up to people, we would all be in trouble! :D

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  14. Patty thanks so much for stopping by
    http://debi-echoofmyheart.blogspot.com
    and for your very sweet and encouraging words about my blog :-)
    I'm so glad you found me as I have now read several of yours and for sure will be following you.

    Grace....isn't it something? So beautifully written...thankful for your words to start my day :-)

    Oh, and I LOVE, love, love the piano bench in it's new outfit!

    Hugs!
    debi

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