So…I took one whale of an emotional and spiritual whupping this week.
One of those roundhouse blows from the pit that leaves you dazed and confused for a couple of days and depressed for much longer.
These can only be delivered by someone you’re invested in…someone close enough to know where the blow will do the most damage.
Once I got my bearings back, I began to think not of how to proceed with grace, but how to return the blow.
Coincidentally, I had been pontificating here on how grace and the law of love are the ways to settle disputes.
Funny how that happens…
I was thinking about this yesterday morning (after wrestling with it all night) and wrote these two thoughts;
Like a dam stopping a great river, so is a person who receives much grace but refuses to share it. The boundaries of the kingdom stop at their feet.
The degree to which you will freely share what you have been freely given will determine the degree that the kingdom will be manifested in your sphere of influence.
Naturally, I was only applying these pithy sayings to the person who hurt me.
As usual, God told me to try to “make my own application”again…
Now I have two more pithy sayings to share.
Responding without grace to those who have been graceless to you, makes you equally ungracious.
Grace is not free, it requires a wealth of humility.
Both of these take us back to the first two.
They all apply to me.
Make your own application…