Choosing Grace

“For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”  Matthew 6:14-15

Choosing the measure that will be measured to you is not limited to financial gain. It’s a lifestyle that understands and applies these words of Jesus, “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets” (Matthew 7:12). Every day, as we make choices, which have consequences, we should ask the simple question, “How would I like someone to treat me in a similar circumstance?”

I don’t mean to use this as a moral bat to beat you with or as a guilt trip that denies you the right to personal justice. Truthfully, I would expect punishment if I was guilty in a given circumstance. I might even welcome the punishment to relieve my guilt. Because I would expect punishment, I should have no guilt about dispensing justice. But there are other times when I desire grace. Because I would desire grace, I should dispense grace.  

So, as we choose our measuring cup, we should choose a very generous cup of grace. In God’s Word, we learn that the unforgiving will not be forgiven. So as Jesus gives grace and forgiveness to us, we should extend it others. As you choose your measuring cup of forgiveness today, choose carefully and gracefully!