I heard this term recently and loved it!  Seeing people with eyes of grace… not my natural judgmental eyes that long for justice.  You know the kind I’m talking about?  Not true across-the-board, fair-for-all justice that is wise and takes into consideration ALL the facts as well as the past and future implications of this action.  The kind of justice I want is more like the two-year old version that sounds like this:   “I want x.”   “No.”                 “But I want it!”    “No, you may not have it.”

But I want it now! (add histrionics and drama in background.)    “Child, you are not ready to have it now.”

Ending with the predictable  “But that’s not fair-r-r-r-r!”  (closing with an extended whine.)  

(Now, back from what seemed like a ramble but was really setting a backdrop for a contrast!)  GRACE, the lens through which I want to see others, is by no means a way of living in “La-La” land.  It is incredibly down-to-earth.  It is as down-to-earth as Jesus was.  Imagine how the eyes of Christ saw us when He “chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him“?  What do you think our families and our churches would be like if we saw these people through “eyes of grace” as people who are being sanctified by the one who chose them (not us!) and is working to make them holy and blameless to His specifications?  Add co-workers, employers/employees, and neighbors…especially those we don’t especially enjoy being around.  God needs us to see them with “eyes of grace” as He works to change their hearts.

Think of the incredible burden of responsibility off our shoulders!  We don’t have to fix all these people…or judge them either.  All that is up to God.  The rest of this passage is great!

  “In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.  In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight  making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he  set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time,  to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.   Ephesians 1:4-10


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Joan Harding
    May 22, 2010 @ 07:21:07

    Wonderful thoughts, Martha. Thanks for the encouragement this morning.

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