Resurrected Living
"What are you going to do with your new resurrected life? This is the heroic question." Richard Rohr

Grow in Grace

One of the last things Peter commands in his second letter is for us to “grow in the grace…of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Pet. 3:18). Grace is unmerited favor. It is treating others better than they deserve. This is what Jesus does for us. “While we still were sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom. 5:8). Grace is a gift that transforms lives. It penetrates hardened hearts and encourages love and goodness.

Every Christian is aware of the magnificent grace Jesus has shown us, but we cannot stop there. Becoming a Christian means we are to grow in this grace and practice it ourselves. We are to show grace to others just as Jesus showed grace to us. We are to embody the grace of Jesus in a world that lacks grace. This is not an easy calling. Grace means we are not focused on treating people fairly but on treating them better than they deserve. Grace is something we extend to all people, including our enemies. We are not called to practice grace on our terms. We are called to practice the grace of Jesus.

We live in a world where grace is disappearing. To practice grace and to be a community where grace abounds is countercultural. Grace stands out. It is not what people expect. Grace is central to the gospel, and this is what we embody when we practice it. Grace is powerful, but it is also costly. It was Jesus’ willingness to extend grace to us that led him to the cross. Grace means we are kind when others are not. Grace means we are loving when others are unloving. Grace means we forgive even when others refuse. Grace means we are patient with people who don’t have any patience. Grace manifests itself in many different ways. We have multiple opportunities every day to practice and grow in the grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

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