Grace Does Not Exclude You

ScottFravel By ScottFravel, 12th Jan 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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We often tell others of God's grace, but are we too hard on ourselves when it comes to receiving this same grace?

Our perspective

The grace of God is something that can easily baffle our minds when we try to think about it. It is the unmerited, unearned, favor of God that rests upon us. We usually find it easy to tell others about this grace of God and encourage them to receive it, yet often times we have difficulty receiving it for ourselves. Why?

When we look at others' lives it can be easy to see all the great things about it. In this social media thick world we live in, it can be easy to see only see the things about them that they have made public on their "Facebook page." However, this can be very misleading because what we are observing is basically their "highlight" film. All we see is their good points, their wonderful moments, their joyous memories...etc.

While it is great to celebrate with others over their highlights, it does not show their lives as a whole. Along with the highlight clips, people also have their challenges, their mistakes, their hurts and pains, their frustrations, and their failures. However, we usually don't see this part of them.

But here is the thing. We do see that part in ourselves. In our own lives, we tend to focus on the hurts, failures, pain, mistakes, and challenges. So, what happens is that we easily fall into the trap of comparing our lives with others. But we end up comparing their "highlight role" to our own "B role".

For many people, their conclusion, whether it be conscious or subconscious, is that the grace of God can extend to others (because there is not much wrong with them), but there is no way it can extend to myself (because there is so much wrong with me).

God's perspective

Thankfully, God sees things differently than we do. God sees it all. God's grace covers it all. God see's those imperfections in other people that I don't see and He also sees all of imperfections in my own life and still extends His grace.

If we are willing to let God's grace into our lives, and stop comparing our lives with others, there is a new level of freedom that is available to us. God sees everyone's "B role" and extends His grace to everyone because of their "B role". So, the next time you start comparing your "B role" to someone else's "highlight role", just remember that God knows you better than you know yourself and His grace is for you too. It is more than enough, and He wants you to have it. Let's all stop being too hard on ourselves and receive that grace that God has provided for us so that we can live in the freedom He has planned for us.

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Comparing, Comparison, Faith, God, Grace, Grace Of God, Jesus

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author avatar ScottFravel
I am a passionate follower of Jesus Christ, a husband, a father of 6 children, a pastor, and an author. I love to write about family, faith, and various life topics.

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author avatar Vickie Collins
12th Jan 2015 (#)

A very good article. It is known in popular culture as "how are you going to love (accept) others, if you really can't love (accept) yourself. Generally, we tend to be harsher on ourselves.

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author avatar Tony Barnes
13th Jan 2015 (#)

Good to see you on the nut.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
15th Jan 2015 (#)

Uplifting post. Everyone has own share of plus and minus, it is how we face life in totality that matters. Social media can be quite misleading - siva

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
19th Jan 2015 (#)

I am so thankful for God's mercy and Grace extended to me Scott.
God richly bless you and your family ....with an overflow of His abundant grace for 2015
many blessings
Stella <><

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