Am I Not Merciful?

It’s 11:30 pm on Monday night and I realized I forgot a post for that day. I know I won’t get one written now, especially not on my iPhone. So I figured I’d get started on Wednesday (today’s) post…

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As I lay here in the dark, I find myself thinking of all my mistakes in my past and got me thinking of what my mistakes said to others. Did I come across as a hypocrite because I had demanded so much of everyone else and shown so little grace? Or did I show that it’s ok to not be perfect? That we all screw up and that is ok?

Am I as gracious to others as I expect everyone to be to be to me? It’s funny how we tend to be so ungracious to others when they make mistakes, or do thing we don’t like, but when we do thing they don’t like, or we make mistakes, we expect them to show us infinite amounts of grace.

I love the song “Grace” by Jason Gray

Sweet Grace amazes me
The way that she can see
Beyond the man I am
To the man that I could be
She’s bringing out my best
While she covers all the rest
Some say her love is blind
But I say her love forgets

She don’t like it when I try so hard to impress her
`Cause when I do that, it’s a lie that makes her love look the lesser
The truth is I know

I’ll never be, I’ll never be good enough
I’ll never deserve her love
I’ll never be, I’ll never be good enough for Grace
That’s okay, `Cause she takes me anyway

I am the cheatin’ kind
But she’s changing my mind
The way she takes me back
Though I fail her every time
She’s got friends who tell her that she
Is much too good for me
Well, I’ve told her that myself
But she refuses to leave

I’d like to think my strength won her affection
But the truth is it was my weakness that first caught her attention
I’m grateful to know

I’ll never be, I’ll never be good enough
I’ll never deserve her love
I’ll never be, I’ll never be good enough for Grace
That’s okay, `Cause she takes me anyway

When my tears fall down like rain
She wipes them from my face
She tells me that I’m lovely
And if I am, it’s all because of Grace
This love turns my inside out
And my world upside down
Grace is changing me…

I’ll never be, I’ll never be good enough
I’ll never deserve her love
I’ll never be, I’ll never be good enough for Grace
That’s okay, `Cause she takes me anyway

I love these lyrics. Your first thought is that he is talking about a woman, but as you listen, you begin to realize that he’s talking about the Grace of God. No matter what we do, what we say, how hard we try, we will never earn grace, but grace is given through love.

I began to think. I think part of the reason we aren’t gracious to people is because we don’t love them. Think about it. Those you love you show more grace to, but those you don’t love as much you show less grace to, and you find it harder to show grace to them.

So maybe what we need to do is not ask God to help us show more grace, but what we need to do is ask God to help us see people the way He sees them, and then to love them the way He loves them.

This is my daily prayer now, “God, allow me to see people the way that You see them, and in turn, allow me to love them the way You love them.”

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