FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19
and (God) 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. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,
Ephesians 2:6-8 (ESV)
RELATIONSHIP BREAKTHROUGH: OFFER GRACE EASILY
A woman woke up one morning, turned to her husband and said, “Honey, I just had a dream that you bought me a new gold necklace. What do you think it means?” He answered, “I don’t know, but Valentine’s Day is coming soon. Then you’ll know.” A few nights later, she again woke up after having a dream. She said, “This time, I dreamed you gave me a pearl necklace. What do you think it means?” “You’ll know on Valentines’ Day,” he replied. The morning of Valentine’s Day, she again woke up telling him about her dream: “This time I dreamed that you brought me a diamond necklace. What do you think it means?” “Honey, be patient,” he said. “You’ll know tonight.” That evening, the husband came home with a package and gave it to his wife. Delighted, she opened it–and found a book titled, “The Meaning of Dreams.”
God’s grace is a gift to us. We could not have a relationship with God without His gift of grace. The Apostle Paul described it as “the immeasurable riches of His grace.” Today’s Fortune 500 list doesn’t compare to the riches of God’s grace given to us. Daniel and Bonnie pointed out on Sunday that “grace” is giving something to someone that they don’t deserve. You will not have relationship breakthroughs without a willingness to offer undeserved grace to the people you are in relationships with.
Daniel and Bonnie shared this quote on Sunday, “The contradiction for the Christian is to be a willing recipient of the grace God offers us but reluctant to extend the same gift to our spouse. How ironic that the missing ingredient in our marriage when we act that way is the primary ingredient in God’s heart when He deals with us.” (Dr. Tim Kimmel) How did that quote strike you when you heard it?
F.F. Bruce says, “A Roman mother was once asked, ‘Where are your jewels?’ She responded by calling her two sons and, pointing to them, said, ‘These are my jewels.’ So it is with Christ and his Church.” Pray God would so fill your relationships with grace that when people ask you to see your jewels, you would point to your relationship.