March 8, 2019

March 8, 2019

Grace for failure.
We’re going to make mistakes. We’re going to fail. It’s inevitable. The truth is, none of us are perfect and none of us have this all figured out. Your pastors will make mistakes. Your small group leaders will as well. Even your favorite Christian author has blind spots and areas that they stumble in. We’re all broken. Yet, we’ve all been given grace.
It’s a fine line to balance between calling someone to truth and living graciously. Often times people associate living in grace as just letting things go.  Forgiveness and grace are portrayed as doormat qualities that will get you walked all over. How do we find the sweet spot between what seems like polar opposites? We are told to speak truth into people lives and speak to sin, but we’re also called to show grace.
I think the best answer in this comes from Jesus in Matthew 18. Go to them. Don’t go to a counsel of people. Don’t go to a third party, don’t look for people to validate your feelings. Go to them. Jesus says if they respond well you may have gained a friend in this.
It takes courage and confidence to speak to someone in love, with grace, about the things we see. Yet it’s what we must do. We must be willing to sit down and have conversations about growth, change, and our own personal sin if we ever want grace to lead us someplace other than failure.