Monday, March 15, 2010

Have you ever...

...thought about grace?

One thing that I keep going over and over and over in my head is grace. What is grace? Grace has a lot of meanings but the one that I keep thinking about is:  mercy; clemency; pardon: an act of grace. I made a mistake this past week (an honest mistake) and before I knew what hit me I feel that I'm being dragged through the mud.

I struggle (maybe we all do at times) with judging others, especially motives. I continually have to remind myself that I cannot see the heart of a person to know exactly what they are thinking, feeling, etc. Even though there have been many times that I have been judged harshly in the past, this time has truly hit me the hardest.

I'm not quite sure why I'm handling this situation the way I am, why I'm allowing it to affect me the way it is but it certainly is a lesson for me to be careful when someone else has done something I think is wrong. Perhaps it is God speaking to my heart reminding me that He has extended His grace to me (grace that I didn't deserve) and I need to extend grace to others as well.

9 comments:

Christine said...

It is a mercy God showered us in His Grace.
Hope you are able to find God's grace to help you in this difficult situation.
Heb 4 v.16 , 'Grace to help in time of need.'

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

Wishing you peace. I can hear your sadness and I'm sorry for your troubled heart.

The Farmer's Attic said...

Thank you for your comments. It means so much!!!

Jody said...

Lucy,
You are such a lovely person,and this storm too shall pass. I am so sorry that you are going through this difficult time.

Carol said...

Lucy, hey we all make mistakes and we learn from them. I learned to forgive a long time ago and to not hold onto that which would do me harm. You can do this too Lucy:) You'll be stronger for it. Hugs~Carol

I Play Outside The Box said...

In life ya run across people who are nothing more than a perpetrator. They like to zero in on a scapegoat and batter that person when things aren't going the way they think it should in their lives. They try to conceal it by acting like a martyr and they in turn try to draw in other bystanders to fight for their cause.

Believe me Lucy....there are more people who stand by your side through this than you know.

No more sadness now...it's over...it's done...it's a new day!!!!

Pat said...

I pray you find some peace of heart. I always told my girls that people don't always act in a situation the way they would, and if in their hearts they believe they've done all they could, to try to let it go. Hard to do...we learn lessons everyday that make us better people.

Angie Berry said...

I went through the "Captured by Grace" Bible Study by David Jeremiah. This is by far my favorite definitions of mercy and grace. Mercy is God withholding from us what we truly deserve (for example, judgment). Grace is God giving to us what we don't deserve (for example, forgiveness).

God knows your heart, girl! He knows it was an honest mistake. I pray you find peace in this situation. Philippians 4:7

Kristine said...

Lucy,
I recently went through something similar. What God showed me was that HE knew the truth, and ultimately, at the end of the day I had to answer to Him and no one else. It is SO hard to walk through it. I'll pray for peace. Hope you're doing better this week.