It’s so difficult sometimes, isn’t it, when you know that another Christian loves God and others, but they drive you crazy? When you clash on opinions, or standards, or Scriptures, and you know that you should be able to resolve your differences, but the unity gets lost in the mix somewhere? Just as with God, grace is simply an extension of love.
I’m experiencing this struggle.
Friends, love, YES love, but please also extend grace. Is love not enough? Love is enough, when we recognize that grace is an extension of that love. Love died on the cross; grace puts up with us everyday afterward. If there is anyone’s holiness that should be offended by us, it’s His. And yet, because God knows what we are, and loves us anyway, He extends His grace. We cannot do God’s job. We cannot convict hearts. All we can do, and all we should do in our hearts and minds, is speak the truth in love and pray. Acknowledge, O holy good one, that yes, they will always be failing; but then aren’t you failing too? Know who they are, love, and extend grace- then be grateful that they do the same for you.
Love died on the cross; grace puts up with us everyday afterward.
Ephesians 4:15,16- But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: from whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.