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Grace Slows the Conversation Down

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Grace Slows the Conversation Down

God loved the world this way: He gave his only Son so that everyone who believes in him will not die but will have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but to save the world (John 3:16-17 GW).

What do we do in our broken culture? What do we do when we see the faces of dysfunction? I imagine Jesus asked himself when the Pharisee’s brought the women to him caught in adultery, “How do I throw a rope to save this daughter of Abraham.

stones in the sand pexelsReligious people are full of truth, but deficient in grace. Grace is not a license to sin. Grace seeks redemption, not judgment. When it comes to right and wrong, words can escalate. Grace slows the conversation down.

John 3:16 and 17 reveals the true nature of God. The world was already condemned, but God’s plan was to redeem the world. Our job as followers of Jesus is to point people to grace and truth found only in Jesus Christ.

In the story of the woman caught in adultery, Jesus opposed adultery, but he was not against the adulterer. He doesn’t love our sin, but he loves us, the sinners. Tension often exists between grace and truth. The lifestyle is not right, but we can love the person. This is where we get tripped up. Perhaps you think, I can’t be around the sinner. It’s important to realize there are more than two choices (to condone or to condemn).

Like Jesus, we have a third choice. Instead of condemning or condoning, we can seek diligently after grace. Jesus is the only who can transform a heart, but your decision to extend grace could demonstrate His love in such a way that points them to Him.

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About Ron Bontrager

Lead Pastor of Lakeview Church in Indianapolis.

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