I’ve stayed away from social media for a while to evaluate myself. I don’t usually do this but I’m glad I did because I have realized that I have become self-righteous, self-dependent, and self-absorbed. There’s no reason to look around to find out the cause of this uncanny behavior because I knew it right away: the neglection of God’s Word.
I was too busy with our business that I couldn’t find to have a personal time with the Lord. Instead of doing my devotions in the morning, I opted to sleep a little longer. Instead of reading the Bible at night, I chose to scroll through Instagram or watch movies on Netflix. Little did I know; those poor choices were trying to pull me out of God’s path.
I never felt the need to be with God during those moments because our business was doing well, my family was doing great, and everything felt just right. What I didn’t know was that it was my relationship with the Lord that was in danger. Suddenly, I didn’t know how to pray. I didn’t know what to say to the Lord anymore. I couldn’t even open the Bible. It seems like it was a burden to read His Word- a waste of time.
I became so proud that I thought I was better than anyone- so self-absorbed that everything should be of my best interest. I didn’t show mercy to others anymore. I lost compassion, I lost love, I lost joy, I lost peace. I lost the fruit of the Spirit. And I lost my relationship with God.
Why? Because I forgot about His grace.
I forgot about the great things He has done in my life. I forgot about how He freed me from all of my sins. I forgot about how He has given me life by giving up His own. Grace, how beautiful! Why did I forget you?
“As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. 3 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh[a] and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. 4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. 6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:1-10
The wages of sin is death, even from the beginning. Yet God let us live. He could’ve killed Adam and Eve on the spot. He could’ve flooded the Earth without Noah’s family and completely wipe out the entire human race. But He didn’t. That’s because of grace. In relationship between God and people, grace has always been the key.
The proper understanding of grace and sin will lead to a proper response. As Christians, we should be living by grace, remembering grace, and breathing grace. That’s the will of God for all of us- focusing on Him rather than ourselves.
So, we should be the representatives of His grace in terms of our attitude toward others.
When someone is constantly making you mad? Be gracious.
When someone is stealing your parking spot? Be gracious.
When someone is taking up your time? Be gracious.
When someone is causing the delay of things? Be gracious.
Because God is gracious. Always.