Give What You Have Been Given
“The thief comes only to kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life and have it more abundantly.” John 10:10
Jesus comes and outlines the battle, the spiritual battle that every person is in engaged in. There’s a dark one and his agenda is to steal hope and kill motivation and destroy life. That’s his purpose and that’s his agenda and he can do that in our lives very easily. There are a lot of ups, but there are more downs than ups and in those downs Satan wants to drive us even further down. But, Jesus counters that and says, “I came that you might have life and have it to the full”.
We will listen to one voice or the other. When we ourselves are unwittingly participating with the dark one by our distance, rejection and lack of compassion, love and acceptance of other people that we find unacceptable, we steal their hope. In the Spirit of Christ we embrace those in front of us, know that we were sinners needing grace and were able to receive the grace of Jesus, then we can give grace. I NEED GRACE, I RECEIVE GRACE, I GIVE GRACE. That’s the beauty of the New Testament, the beauty of knowing Jesus Christ that is for all the places that you fail, for all of your mistakes and where you need grace so that you can come back. You received it but now Jesus tasks us with giving it, giving grace.
Undeserving favor is the definition of grace. Many of the people who have harmed us are undeserving of our favor. Christ knows this, and He demonstrated it for us. Jesus would not teach us something that would harm us. On the other hand it is clear his antitheses would.
Father thank you for teaching us truth.