Happy New Month, my lovely readers and visitors. Don’t think you’ve seen everything that can come out of this year. God is done with manufacturing your outstanding suprises. It’s the manifestation time. Just sit tight, and let him be God!
This is the part 2 segment of this post. But before I delve into the nitty-gritty of the concluding segment, I will like to mention something that was brought to my attention by my friend.
After I had put up the post, my friend drew my attention to the definition of grace in the post. His opinion was “You quoted that grace is unmerited favour. Is there a merited favour? Us being used to a slogan doesn’t always make the slogan right”. Those were his exact words. I will say the same thing I told him, for any one that shares his view. I do appreciate his opinion. He is right. Favour in itself is not merited, hence its name. However, why I chose to use that definition was to make great emphasis on the fact that ‘this favour in itself is not merited’, so the additional ‘unmerited’ was ‘to take the point home’ [I don’t know if I am making sense]. I know it’s repetition or you may say, that’s an ambigious statement, well, it’s for emphasis sake.
To have a ‘whole’ comprehension of the title and this post, please it is necessary to have a read of the previous one
By now, you are aware that ‘Petrol’ is Works, while ‘Diesel’ is ‘Grace/Holy Spirit’.
In our Walk with Christ, we are to be more like Christ [2 Cor 3:18]. Walking in Grace/Holy Spirit, and with Grace/Holy Spirit are some of the foundational prerequisites to being like Christ.
One major quality that I have come to appreciate of Christ is his Compassionate heart. I know you are wondering how does this correlate with the title?
An undisputable fruit Walking in Grace/Holy Spirit is the ability to be compassionate to people. Being compassionate entails a lot, I will just state a few [and I know you’ll state the rest in the comments section].
A compassionate heart is not one to recount the wrong doing of an individual, but realises with Grace comes forgiveness. When we allow grace to do its work in us, we find ourselves forgiving our offenders even when they do not even realise they’ve done any wrong or even before they apologise.
Personally, I believe that Grace/HolySpirit and forgiveness are intertwined. There comes a time when we feel ‘Oh no! this person does not deserve forgiveness’, ‘this is too wrong, he/she has gone far this time’; but just like Grace, forgiveness is to step in without repentance. Have we really thought of the words of Jesus when he was crucified? “Father, forgive them for they do not know what they are doing” These words were words of compassion, pity and not judgement. If at every point we get offended or we hear an unsaved person say words that are offensive to your faith/God, and what you can think of is ‘God punish them’, ‘Curse them in your heart’ or with your mouth, then we have not gotten to the point where we allow grace to work in our hearts.
Having a heart like Christ’s, can only take place when we allow God’s grace/HolySpirit to work in us. The flesh/works will never understand why you are to love your enemies and pray for those that persecute you [Matt 5:44] or understand why you should constantly pray for someone who is deep in sin and shows no sign of changing his/her ways. The concept of Grace will always be strange to works; to the flesh.
As you read this post today, I want to encourage you and myself to ask God to reveal what walking in grace entails; because works has never and will never manifest God’s kingdom on Earth. And remember, you are not saved by works, but by his grace; so pass it on!
What does grace mean to you?
P.S: If you have any questions/suggestions, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Next post coming up on Friday. An exciting one if you want to know more about me **wink*