How to know if you don’t know grace

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We talk a lot about Grace Turned Outward here at the Catch, but sometimes I wonder if we really know what we are talking about when we talk about grace. Grace is almost impossible for us to understand or accept because it is so foreign to our performance-oriented nature as human beings we all have cultivated since childhood.

Grace is one-way love, favor and forgiveness showered upon us individually, in abundance, for no apparent reason other than God desires to do so. It is completely sourced in God and not brought on by anything in us. We contribute nothing. This makes it difficult for us to understand and accept because it is so foreign to our character and experience.

One of the ways to determine if we know or understand anything about grace is to look at our thoughts, feelings and attitudes. How we think and react to people is one way to know whether or not grace is a real factor in our lives.

Here’s a little test:

If you feel guilty all the time, you do not know grace.

If you are competing in your own mind for spirituality, you do not know grace.

If you are counting up points, good or bad — for you or for someone else — you do not know grace.

If you are comparing yourself to anyone, you do not know grace.

If you are thinking that God is lucky to have you on His team, you do not know grace.

If you are trying all the time and not quite making it, you do not know grace.

If you are always thinking about yourself, you do not know grace.

If you gain from someone else’s loss, you do not know grace.

If you think you deserve better, you do not know grace.

If you are hoping God grades on the curve, you do not know grace.

If you feel joy when someone else fails, you do not know grace.

If you think someone else deserves worse, you do not know grace.

If you think that God is not fair, you do not know grace.

If you carry any grudges in your heart, you do not know grace.

If you are full of regret, you do not know grace.

If you think Christianity is a crutch, you do not know grace.

If you are wishing you had someone else’s life, you do not know grace.

If you think “There, but for the grace of God, go I,” you do not know grace.

If you are thinking so-and-so will not be in heaven, you do not know grace.

If you think someone should pay for what they’ve done, you do not know grace.

If you think someone deserves to go to hell, you do not know grace.

If you think someone deserves to go to heaven, you do not know grace.

If you’re trying to keep anybody out, you do not know grace.

If you have little compassion for other people’s plight, you do not know grace.

Grace overwhelms you. It astounds you. It puts an end to all judging, comparing and spiritual pride. It puts us on the same level and then lifts us up together. There is nothing that compares with God’s grace.

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5 Responses to How to know if you don’t know grace

  1. Mark Seguin says:

    Praise God 4 His grace!

  2. John A Fagliano says:

    If you think you have never received grace, you do not know grace.

    • jwfisch says:

      That’s true. We’ve all received it. If you think you haven’t, it’s in your mind. Receiving grace is an act of faith as you find out more about it.

  3. Grace. Like the mayor tasting Chocolat. Impetus of the Reformation. New video is “This Changed Everything.”

  4. Dave Kelley says:

    John,

    Re ‘If you think “There, but for the grace of God, go I,” you do not know grace’, I read “There, but for the grace of God, go I” to mean I cannot go anywhere but by the grace of God. How do you read it that it implies thinking that way means not knowing God’s grace? Thanks.

    Dave

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