Let no debt remain outstanding except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellow man has fulfilled the law. Romans 13:8
GRACE. It’s been my watchword lately. Grace is God’s love at work among us.
Grace is at work as I stand in line at Walgreen’s. The woman next to me tells the man behind her that she is pregnant by immaculate conception. Jesus has told her that if she is sinless, she will have twins. Ooo, a mix of mental illness and bad theology. He replies with acceptance and gentle respect, “I have always known you to have a beautiful heart.” She smiles back. Grace is at work.
I am humbled. The burden of a letter-of-the-law, stone cold heart that can ruthlessly judges others as well as myself often brings me to my knees. What is true for the woman at Walgreen’s is true for me. Whether our theology is just a hair or maybe miles off, the acceptance and grace of God demonstrated by others invites us home to a place of healing. It is then that the law Jesus came to fulfill is satisfied in our lives.
The older I get, the more quickly life seems to speed by. There is a greater sense of urgency to have the grace of Jesus rule moment by moment. I pray that I am more aware of the grace and love of God at work in and around me and less distracted by who gets it right and who doesn’t. Come Lord Jesus, come.