Grace In The Small Things

March 9, 2018

It does not take much to find an opportunity to extend grace. The problem with grace is that we often extend it when it is easy to extend or when we just want to feel good about ourselves. Sometimes we extend it in front of others just so that someone else will see us extending this type of grace and we get the glory for it. Often we extend grace only in the big things that come our way.

It is tough fighting human nature. I think we all fall prey to the above described behavior occasionally. I guess when we act that foolish we give Jesus a chance to extend a little grace to us!

What made me think of this is a present situation at my church. One of the neighbors, whom I have yet to meet, has recently started parking his work truck and a car or two in front of our church. The cars are not such a big deal, but the truck also has a trailer attached and if always full of junk (he has a hauling business evidently, or at least according to the spay-painted sign on the side of the trailer).

Needless to say, it is an eyesore. And my first reaction was to go over and ask him not to park there as it is not only ugly, but impedes parking during church events throughout the week. One day I stopped to look at this mess and I noticed that the license plates are expired, as they are on one of the cars. Naturally I thought (in my flesh) "This is a perfect way to get rid of these eyesores; call and have them towed."

As In was thinking about this later my wife asked about the truck and told me she had seen the guy and his kids getting in the truck. That nudge of the Holy Spirit checked me on the spot. If I call and have this truck towed, I certainly have the right and well within the "law" to do so. But if I do, I will hurt this man's business and keep him from working and providing for his kids. Moreover, I will make pretty sure I or anyone else from the church will never get a chance to minister and share the gospel with him or his family.

God reminded that those vehicles aren't even really hurting anyone by being there. We have plenty of room to park around the church and they are not stopping us in any way from carrying on business as usual.

I am thinking that at times extending grace is just not being a jerk to your neighbor. Maybe if we could figure this out, we would most likely live more peaceful lives inside and out. The more grace we extend will result in us extending more and more grace and having more and more peace because we will not be focusing on things that often don't really matter. And moreover, it may just give you the opportunity to share the good news of God's kingdom to someone who has never heard it before....

 

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