Posted by on Aug 7, 2017

August 7, 2017:

Greetings in the name of the Lord.

Lately I have been thinking more and more about grace. One of the things that drew me to the Methodist church after leaving the Lutheran church was its stand on grace. The grace of God is so important to a Christian, without it we are lost.

One of the joys of learning more about John Wesley and his theology was his position on grace. Suddenly I went from having just one word for the grace of God to having three. Prevenient grace, the love of God working in us from the beginning, is that grace that called us to God and made us aware of our need for God in our lives. Justifying grace, God’s call to change our lives and turn to him, helps us to receive God into our hearts and be saved, is the grace that prepares us for the rest of the journey. Sanctifying grace, that grace that pulls us to holiness, works in us and through us for the rest of our lives. It causes us to strive to always be better and to correct our errors. Does a Christian continue to make mistakes, oh yes. However, this grace helps to see the mistake and find ways to correct it.

We are not prefect and in the past several weeks we have had Gospel texts that remind us that it is not our job to judge others. That is for God and the angels. Our job is to support one another and show God’s love to all. The worst thing that can be said about a Christian is that she or he is judgmental. Let us learn to love one another, support one another and forgive one another. One of the things I really enjoy about the communion service is that there is a part where the congregation pronounces forgiveness on the Pastor after the Pastor has delivered the statement of God’s forgiveness to the congregation. We all need God’s love and forgiveness. We all make mistakes. Yes, even Pastors. May we learn to be a forgiving loving people, for we have a forgiving and loving God who shows the way.

 

May God’s love and grace be with you this week.

See you in church.