In a few weeks we will be celebrating Thanksgiving. A time with family and friends for many of us, it can also be a time of sadness and loneliness for others.
Jesus called us to have grace for those less fortunate - those that have no family, are friendless, and have nothing with which to take care of themselves. He did not tell us what kind of poor to help or give us instructions as to how we determine who was worthy of our attention.
Why did Jesus not give us better guidelines? First, he wanted us to KNOW grace as an action, and secondly, MAKE grace a part of our everyday lives.
Humankind has fallen miserably short of what God had desired for it. He created us to commune with Him, but with sin we are unable to reach Him ever - without His grace towards us.
Grace is defined as the free and unmerited favor of God. Just as He showed us grace by allowing His Son to pay for our transgressions with His death, so we are to show grace to those that cannot pay us back for the help, care, and attention we show.
In giving grace to others, we see vividly how incredible God’s grace is. In addition, we are to give freely, without grumbling, just as Jesus gave up His life without complaint or regret.
When we come to God, asking Him to show us how we can show grace to others, we allow God to show us a new vision of His grace towards us. With this vision, our thanksgiving for His gift of grace will grow, flourish, and give us the desire to continue to pour out love and care to those who need it without expecting payment in return.
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