‘If we could be saved by keeping… laws, then there was no need for Christ to die.’
Grace is when we show favour to those who don’t deserve it. And that’s what God shows us: his love and favour are available to us, even though we make mistakes and misbehave. We can often be guilty of judging others for not living up to our standards. Jesus said, ‘Don’t judge others, and God won’t judge you. Don’t be hard on others, and God won’t be hard on you. Forgive others, and God will forgive you’ (Luke 6:37).
God doesn’t desire to enforce a set of rules and regulations that we must stick to in order to have eternal life or to be in relationship with him. But what do we do when it’s obvious that someone is getting off track, or doing the wrong thing intentionally? We can help others without condemning or judging them. The Bible also tells us: ‘If anyone has caused grief you ought to forgive and comfort him, so that he will not be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow’ (2 Corinthians 2:5-7).
As the Easter season approaches, let us remember and give thanks for the Great Grace given to all of us, through Jesus’ great sacrifice. It is this grace that not only frees us from our own shortcomings, but that leads us and equips us to give grace to others.
College Chaplain – Wyvern