Grace is so wonderful. Because of grace God loved us while we were still sinners and totally ignoring Him (Romans 3:23) and He sent His Son to die for us – not because we deserved it but because of His grace. In love He sent Jesus to die for us (Romans 5:8). Grace enabled God to love us and send His Son for us and thus to become one with us on that first Christmas morning. And, because we are saved by grace and not works He is then able to pour out that same love on us. And, then, because of grace, we are able to love Him in return. The Bible states, “We love Him because He first loved us” (1 John 4:19) and because of this we need to love others (1 John 4:11).
We are called to love others – not because they deserve to be loved but because we have experienced His love. The Bible states, “Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” And we do this because He has loved us and enabled us. We do it in grace which means even when they don’t deserve to be loved and forgiven we do so anyways. Let me share ten ways the Bible sets out for us to love others…
- Listen without interrupting – Proverbs 1:8
- Speak without accusing – James 1:19
- Give without sparing – Proverbs 21:26
- Pray without ceasing – Colossians 1:9
- Answer without arguing – Proverbs 17:1
- Share without pretending – Ephesians 4:15
- Enjoy without complaint – Philippians 2:14
- Trust without wavering – 1 Corinthians 13:7
- Forgive without punishing – Colossians 3:13
- Promise without forgetting – Proverbs 13:12
We do all these things and more because of His grace towards us and because we walk in grace and love as we fellowship with Him who came “full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). The Christmas season is a good time to take a look at our relationships and see what needs to be repaired. It is a good time to take a look at our own heart and see what needs to change or what needs a slight adjustment to bring us into line with the grace we hve received and the grace we are called to live in.