Grow… in Grace

Lately, God has placed it on my heart that I really need to grow in the area of GRACE.
Romans 8:5 says – But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
His love is UNconditiional. What else in this world can you think of as “unconditional?” We can’t earn His grace. It’s given. It is the most precious of gifts.
I feel like I struggle with the same things over and over. 
One of the things I wrestle with is being gracious… When I look back on my life and relationships, I have a pretty good track record of being hurt by someone, and holding a grudge, or giving up and turning away from that person.
You got it – that is NOT grace.
God wants us to grow strong in grace. To live by His example of grace to us.

Colossians 3:13 – “Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”

The opposite is may be true as well. Sometimes when we’re being apologized to we say, “It’s ok.” When it’s really not. If someone is apologizing to us, something happened that needed apologizing for. And, it’s actually NOT ok. But, that is where forgiveness, and grace comes in. Jesus showed us His perfect example of grace and forgiveness. When He died on the cross for our sins, He wasn’t just saying “it’s fine.” He was saying, “I forgive you. I love you. I am wiping the slate clean.” For ALL time…
And now He asks us, “Will you accept my forgiveness? Will you accept my grace? Will you humble yourself to offer the same to others?”
Before you answer an enthusiastic “YES! Yes of course!” Take a moment to really think about your yes… My yes, and your yes comes with responsibility. Growing in grace is serious business, not to be taken lightly. Accepting and extending grace is something we grow in. Something we strive for, and must live out probably daily… 
When we fail to grow in grace, we face lost relationships, and opportunities. And the one who hurts the most in this – is ourselves. When we allow the root of bitterness to grow, it doesn’t destroy the other person – it destroys us.
Here’s the GOOD news (I have to keep reminding myself!): It’s not impossible to grow in grace! We have to remember, and constantly remind ourselves that Christ forgave us – and we must forgive others in the same way. If we are intentional in growing in grace, we will. God will be faithful in our pursuit. He will give us strength and guidance in that area.
The stakes are high! We can choose grace, or choose heartbreak.
My prayer is that you, and I – choose well…
God bless us all!

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5 thoughts on “Grow… in Grace”

  1. Thanks for the read Allison! I’ve always tried to be sincere in all my apologies even if it sometimes kills me to do so! What I have a hard time with is when no one believes that I’m sorry..That I made a mistake!! That’s then when I turn it around and say to myself God knows I’m genuinely sorry and forgives me..If others don’t..I have to know it’s not always about me..It may be about them not being able to accept my forgiveness..I can tell myself daily that if no one wants to believe in me and accept my forgiveness I have to move on..It’s so easy to tell myself that, However, actually doing it is where I struggle!! I know it all has to do with not forgiving myself!! I carry so much guilt, blame, and feelings of shame with me..I’ve started something new since all that went down that night is take each and every day time for God and myself!! Someone is helping me and guiding me with God’s words..I’ve always had a strong belief and faith in God.. I know that he’s helped me since I got out of treatment allowing me to see different things just in nature that I took for granted and didn’t give him the credit for it all.. I started to realize that I needed to do more in following God..I’ve been scared of the Bible for years..I didn’t have God grown up..He was never talked of..With All the blame and guilt I’ve had/have I didn’t want to get into the Bible not knowing anything and getting so frustrated that I’ll want to give up..Now failing God also!! I’m trying to overcome those fears and am so Grateful to have had someone come into my life at the right time and willmar my help and guide me!! I know in my heart it was Gods doing!! I’m starting to feel alitte at peace within myself..It feels Amazing!! Having your readings and others truly helps me in my journey to follow God..Thank You!!

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    1. Oh Wendy! Thank you so much for sharing the testimony of your faith journey! No one said it would be easy, right? And I totally agree with you – all we can do it follow God’s leading and forgive and ask for forgiveness from the people in our life, but then the ball is out of our court, and in their hands. What they choose to do with the gift of forgiveness and grace is up to them. And if they choose not to extend grace and forgiveness, that is their choice. I pray that you will be able to find peace in knowing that you have done what God asks us to do, and repent and ask for forgiveness from those we have hurt. But ultimately, it is their choice whether they accept it or not. I’m so happy that God brought your ‘angel on earth’ to you to help guide and share the love of Jesus with you!!! God bless you!


      1. Thank You Allison for allowing me to show my insight! I struggle so much with forgiveness..Especially within myself!! The people I’ve hurt don’t give me a chance or believe I’m sincere with my apologies to them..Which I am!! If I can’t get others to see how Sorry I am..How can I forgive myself for causing that?!? I’m trying my hardest to let go what others think and feel..Instead praying for them and trying to find forgiveness in just Me!! It’s hard to do..If I don’t I’ll never be able to move forward 😊

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  2. By moving on from that, you will allow God to use you in so many new ways you never dreamed of. Keep praying and focus on healing from the inside out. God is so faithful, and He will restore relationships in His time. We don’t have control of what others choose unfortunately. But I would encourage you to not get “stuck” in waiting for the other person to do the ‘right thing’ either. At some point, no matter our past, we must move forward in the freedom that Jesus offers to each of us!! Live in victory, not defeat Wendy! God bless you! I will be praying for you!


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