Love & Grace Collide

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It’s so difficult sometimes, isn’t it, when you know that another Christian loves God and others, but they drive you crazy? When you clash on opinions, or standards, or Scriptures, and you know that you should be able to resolve your differences, but the unity gets lost in the mix somewhere? Just as with God, grace is simply an extension of love.

I’m experiencing this struggle.

Friends, love, YES love, but please also extend grace. Is love not enough? Love is enough, when we recognize that grace is an extension of that love. Love died on the cross; grace puts up with us everyday afterward. If there is anyone’s holiness that should be offended by us, it’s His. And yet, because God knows what we are, and loves us anyway, He extends His grace. We cannot do God’s job. We cannot convict hearts. All we can do, and all we should do in our hearts and minds, is speak the truth in love and pray. Acknowledge, O holy good one, that yes, they will always be failing; but then aren’t you failing too? Know who they are, love, and extend grace- then be grateful that they do the same for you.

Love died on the cross; grace puts up with us everyday afterward.

Ephesians 4:15,16- But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: from whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

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Here are some other posts in my 2017 Love series: 2017: Love and Coming Clean: The Ugly Truth

35 Comments
  1. Yes, much to ponder and heed. Grace is very much an extension of love. To me, love is a choice of affection and will, while grace tolerates the irritations from those you are choosing to love. I was convicted of this just over the weekend. I need to tolerate, offer grace, to those I want to avoid because they rub me the wrong way. Personalities differ and that needs to be ok. Oh that grace that I so desperately need from Him I need to turn around and offer to others. Love this lesson this morning. Thank you!

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  2. Grace is a learned thing, a lot of times, isn’t it? One thing I love about aging is that I grow in grace with others. Such a lovely word–grace. Thanks for sharing, Liz. ((grace upon grace))

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  3. I’ve been in a similar situation before. It can be tough. Very tough. But remembering the grace we’ve been given is the key to extending it to others. Great post! Blessings!

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  4. This is so true. I was just talking with my best friend about this today and that despite our differences, we have to choose to love. I also love and will have to remember that, ” Love died on the cross; grace puts up with us everyday afterward.”

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  5. This really is the challenge isn’t it… going above and beyond, extending grace to others lavishly, the way He has to us. Feels like the world is going through a grace-drought lately. Grateful for this reminder, Liz! So glad we connected today 🙂

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  6. Yes, love and grace need to collide more often. I love this line you wrote: Love died on the cross; grace puts up with us everyday afterward.. I have those people in my life that I know I should love, but that I have a hard time doing so… I call them “grace-growers” because they grow grace in me every time we meet. Thanks for sharing at #ThoughtProvokingThursday where we are neighbors

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  7. Liz,
    Yes, the loving others, especially the Body, is hard. And learning to give grace to one another, in the Body is also hard. It is more than hard… we can’t do it without Christ. I had a conversation with my Pastor once that pretty much said, Church would be so much easier without the people. :/ I didn’t mean it, but I literally did. However, that is what makes grace so beautiful, so full of Him… none of us deserve it, do we?
    This is always a topic we need to be mindful of, Liz. Thanks for sharing!
    Blessings,
    Dawn

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  8. Liz, I couldn’t agree with you more about grace and love working together. I’m so grateful for the blood sacrifice that our heavenly Father made and I hope to never take it for granted by expecting myself or others to work for our salvation. God is good and His love endures forever and I am so grateful because I will forever be in need of it. Great Post!!!

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