Grace Revue: Gifting Grace…

"I've Got Your Back," © Lynn Abbott Studios. Used with Permission.

“I’ve Got Your Back,” © Lynn Abbott Studios. Used with Permission.

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God,”~2 Corinthians 1:3, 4

© 2016 Lynn Abbott

Recently, a dear friend of mine agonized over the heartbreak of her child.  And I had no difficulty empathizing.  How many times I have hurt for my son!

Yes, what concerns my son impacts me as well.  That’s what it means to be family.

That’s genuine love.

When you truly love, you don’t resent the sacrifices.  You don’t even stop to consider the pain or inconvenience it might cause you personally.

But you do whatever is necessary for your child and for one another.

You don’t even give it a second thought because this kind of love readily sacrifices for the beloved.

As I pondered my friend’s and my own concern for our sons, I thought of Abba’s love for you and me.  In Matthew 7:9, Christ told his followers, “Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone?  Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake?”

He also said that although we are far from perfect, we give good to our children.  It therefore follows that since our heavenly Father is perfect, His perfect love and grace give so much more than we ever could (Matthew 7:11).

The enemy bullies and seeks to destroy, but Christ entered the Holy of Holies to secure our lives: Christ, in fact, continues to seek favor, grace and forgiveness on our behalf, (Hebrews 7:25).

When He took human form, He identified fully with us. Our pain became His.  He suffered with us.  In fact, He suffered because of us.  Because He loves, that’s just the way it is.

For this reason, not only did He teach us that we can run to the Father freely to find grace from in our time of need (Matthew 7:7; Hebrews 4:16), but He also encouraged us to give to one another, (Matthew 7:11; Philippians 2:4).

After all, in Him, we are family.  And that’s just what family does…

Yeah…what impacts you impacts me.  In Christ, our fortunes are connected.  Sure, sometimes, we hurt for one another, with one another or even because of one another.

Yet, when this occurs, you and I are most like Christ when we sacrifice our own safety, forgo our self-protective instincts and choose to extend grace…running in love into Abba’s throne room with our petitions…prayers for ourselves, our brothers and sisters, and yes, even our enemies, (Romans 5:10; Matthew 5:44; James 5:16).