Choose Grace

I was about to talk about the importance of family today in my post. I decided not to because of the sermon that I heard in church.  Not to say that I do not love my family, but the Holy Spirit is leading me into another direction.  Today, the pastor talked about what keeps us from grace.  The main problem that we have is “I”.  We are too into ourselves, and we are not remembering others, so we do experience God’s love.  We yearn to be with God, but we do not want to accept his grace.  I know that sounds crazy, but if we examine ourselves, we will see that we are interested in what we want.    We are not interested in what God demands because it doesn’t include money, cars, clothes, and fame.  In I Peter 4: 8 states “And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.” That sounds too simply.  We help others and we will not sin again.  No.  I think it means that if we help others, we will not focus on sinful things. We will focus on God’s demand.  We will focus on what is right, pure, and good.  We will be filled with the Holy Spirit.  Peter 4:9 states, “ Use hospitality one to another without grudging.”   If you complain about what you are doing for others, you will still not experience God’s Love. The reason being is no one will see the light through you.  They will just see a miserable person.  Who wants to be around a miserable person?  Misery loves company.  Misery does not get you closer to grace, it gets you closer to a reality show contract.  I Peter 4:10 states, “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”  It could be as simple as lending your shoulder for someone to cry on, helping someone in a financial crisis, or giving someone a ride that does not have a car.  If we focus on helping others, we have accepted his grace because we are using our blessings that he gives us.

 

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