{this post is part of Five-Minute Friday at Lisa-Jo Baker

On Friday’s we silence the inner critic. The loudest of all naysayers. And on Fridays we remind ourselves that The Word is for us and loves us and welcomes us.

Your words are safe here.

So come and write with us. Together. On one word for five minutes. And then link up your post or leave it in the comments. But remember, the one must rule here is that you visit the person who linked up before you and encourage them in their writing.

That’s it. The gift of encouragement – pass it on.

All the back story and details for how to play along are over here.

Today the word is the one that’s been hammering in my head all week.

Today the word is GRACE.

And GO:

Grace. It is a gift freely given to me from Jesus. Through Jesus. Because of Jesus.

But it is not always freely received.

Nor is it always freely extended. To others. By me. From me. Through me.

But I am learning. I am learning that there but for the grace of God, go I. And that changes everything.

That changes me.

Jesus changes me. Every day.

He changes how I see myself. He changes how I see my children. He changes how I see my husband. Because, if I am left to my own human nature, my flawed and sinful nature, I am a harsh judge. Of others. And of myself.

A harsh judge of words and actions and motivations.

But grace. Grace changes that.

Grace allows me to find the good. To find the good and to assume positive intent even in the worst of situations or circumstances. It is no longer about the blame. 

It is about love.

It is about Jesus.

And when I choose him. When I choose to give him the control I so selfishly covet, I am better than I was.

I am made new. And as I am made new and conformed to his likeness, I see others through the eyes of Christ.

And they are beautiful. They are worthy of my grace.

Because they were worthy of his.

As am I.

As are we all.

If we choose.

{and DONE}

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3 thoughts on “Conformed by Grace

  1. Thank you so much for sharing. I get exactly what you are saying. I, too, do not receive grace well and so I don’t give it like I need to. I am learning!

    Have a great week.

    Dawn

    1. Thank you, Dawn for taking the time to stop by and read. We are all learning, aren’t we? I guess that’s why we need grace.

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