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Grace Extended

The Laundry Moms Welcome Darlene Hilbert

today as our featured guest writer for our

“31 Days of Grace” series!

 

As I sit here thinking and pondering the grace of God, I am amazed at how limited my focus has been concerning this topic.

I am humbled and full of gratitude for the grace that God has extended to me through His Son. To think that our God would forsake His heavenly realm and come and dwell among us is beyond comprehension in and of itself, but then to realize the extent in which He bestowed grace on us by taking our place on the cross, dying in behalf of us, because of us, has to fill the believer’s heart with gratitude.

A believer’s heart can not remain callous when the believer truly understands the depth and the scope of God’s grace that has been extended to us. And yet, unfortunately, for many of us, myself included, the concept of grace stops here…

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As great a truth as it is, it seems that believers love to receive grace, but fall short in the extension of it to others. We allow the root of bitterness to spring up within us causing trouble and the end result is that many are defiled by it. (Hebrews 12:15)  Bitterness produces trouble. In the Greek, the word spring means to sprout. It is pictured here as a quick process.  We all know from experience that it does not take bitterness a long time to produce trouble.  Not only will bitterness cause distance between ourselves and God, but our bitterness can and will sully another’s reputation.  Grace unextended leads to bitterness which leads to trouble which leads to devastation. But you ask, what if I have been wronged? What if someone has just cause to be bitter and resentful?

I sit here humbled by the example that our Savior showed while dying on the cross. One of His last words uttered were “Father forgive them for they know not what they are doing?”  If anyone had just cause it would have been Him. He could have called on His Angels to exact judgment and alienate the human race at that moment, but instead He extended grace… Wow!

How can I justify bitterness and unforgiveness in light of this marvelous truth? What then, should be our response? Ephesians 4:32 tells us that we should be kind to one another, tender hearted, forgiving (Lit. in the Greek—to show favor, to give freely) each other in the same way as God through Christ forgave us. A tall order? Yes.

An impossible task?… No!

Praise God He enables us to obey His Word. Remember, my fellow believer, that God is able to make ALL grace abound to you. We are promised All sufficiency in everything. He promises us an abundance for every good deed. EVERY good deed—-even the extension of His grace to others. (2 Corinthians 9:8)

As moms our children are watching and learning from us. We need to pass on the legacy of grace. As we leave this moment of contemplation on the grace of God may we move forward and not fall short of His grace as we learn to extend that Grace that was so freely bestowed on us to others, who like us, are undeserving of it.

 

darlene hilbertAuthor and Speaker, Darlene Hilbert, has been married for 32 years to Daryl, the love of her life! Together they have been blessed with 3 amazing children who love God with all their hearts. Being in the ministry for 25 years has created a deep passion to teach God’s Word and investing time and energy into the future generations is a passion reaping rewards for eternity.

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