One way grace.
There’s a lot of it in our world.
I’m talking about when we say, “I deserve a pass when I mess up,” then want to throw the book at everyone else.
Did you know that Jesus actually said that the standard we use with others, is the one that will be used on us?
“For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged.”
– Matthew 7:2
This has radically changed the way I live my life.
When I began to really listen to the Holy Spirit and acknowledge the shortcomings in my life, I had no time to worry about the speck in their eye. I was busy working on the 2×4 sticking out of mine.
Jesus said this straight out in the next verse, but it was also a theme he wove throughout his teachings.
Look at the woman caught in adultery.
The religious elites of the day were ready to drop the hammer. The law said she must die. Jesus had another way.
As imitators of Christ, we need to be more like Jesus and less like those Pharisees.
We need to stop being tyrants with the people who hurt us.
We have zero tolerance for the broken human beings who let us down, but expect limitless forgiveness for ourselves?
We are the unforgiving servant.
(You want a sobering does of reality? Read the caution Jesus gives in Matthew 18.)
Let’s look for every opportunity to extend grace and show love.
Let’s give them, the grace we hope for. Let’s use the measuring stick we want God to use on us, on the people who do us wrong.
Let’s remember that just because we have the right to do something, doesn’t mean we’re right to.