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This month I want to help us prepare for Christmas by reflecting on God’s Grace. If you want an overview of what I’m trying to accomplish, read the first post in this blog series called A Month To Remember God’s Grace.
Below is the reflection for today.
But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
- Ephesians 2:4 – 7
Grace means that God is kind to us. A great glimpse into God’s kindness comes in Matthew 9:36 where Jesus saw a huge crowd of people who were hurting and helpless. Matthew tells us that Jesus had compassion on them because they were like sheep without a shepherd. Matthew doesn’t tell us exactly how Jesus expressed compassion in that moment but I imagine him reached out to meet their needs.
Another glimpse into God’s kindness comes in John 8 where a sinful woman is brought to Jesus. The woman in John 8 clearly deserves punishment but Jesus covers her with compassion and kindness. He speaks words of grace to her. He silences those who are accusing and shaming her. He sends her off uplifted and empowered to turn from her life of sin.
This by the way is how Jesus interacts with us. He knows everything there is to know about us and yet he doesn’t hold back his kindness toward us.
So here is a question to consider this Christmas, if Jesus is kind to us, can’t we be kinder to ourselves? After all, Jesus forgives all our faults and our failures. Why don’t we do the same?
Do you tend to be overly hard on yourself? Why is it important to embrace God’s kindness? What can you do this Christmas to be kinder to yourself?