Un-grace?

17 February 2014

There are two accounts in the bible of how a person reacted to grace.

One account was about the woman who washed Jesus’s feet with her tears and anointed his head with expensive perfume. There is not much explanation about what she had done before, but Jesus said this about her:

” Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.”

Then there was the parable that Jesus told about a servant who owed his master a lot of money but was unable to repay the debt. The master graciously wiped the debt clean knowing the servant had no means of repaying the master. But when that same servant saw another man who owed him money, the servant demanded repayment and had the man thrown into jail when he was unable to repay him. The story ends by the master finding out about this merciless and wicked servant:

““Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ In anger his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed.”

Both the lady who washed Jesus’ feet and this servant had been shown grace, but through their response to grace, they ended up in completely different places.

Sometimes i fail to show grace too. It can be in subtle ways, like feeling a sense of satisfaction when i see illegally parked cars get tickets, or when i grumble at drivers cutting traffic to take a short cut. I am never quick to forgive in such situations. Likewise, this attitude could play into many other scenarios in life, and bit by bit, i can become less and less gracious. It may not sound serious, but it’s always the little things that add up.

Father Lord, I confess that i still entertain a spirit of condemnation. I pray that You can remove this spirit of condemnation toward others and toward myself and replace it with Your Spirit of grace. Let me respond to the grace you have shown me in all the big and small ways by reflecting the same attitude toward other people. Thank you Lord. I love you.

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