I have had a great night out with friends to night when I was challenged to explain the meaning of a word we use often in Church circles and now believe is misunderstood by many, in the Church as well as those seeking to know God. We use it in some interesting sentences and even make excuses for our behaviour using it.
The word is GRACE. We did a quick survey asking those around us what they understood by GRACE. So my challenge to you if you will accept is, what do you understand by GRACE and how would you put it in simple terms for the Auzie bloke that is seeking to know God?
I reckon that after Pastors preaching it Sermon after Sermon week in and week out, we may have quiet differing explanations of it.
I will start by a story; I met a bloke hobbling along the road with no shoes and blisters on his feet. After talking briefly with him I became aware he had started on a long trip with little or no chance of making it. I wanted to help so I could have got him some bandages for the blisters or shoes to protect his feet but I chose to give him free of charge a brand new top of the range all expenses payed insured ready to go car to complete the trip. No strings attached. My car, so now I would be on foot to continue my trip.
Be careful, the words we use may just confuse us, as much as the will others. What do you mean when you say GRACE be with you?
I look forward to your thoughts. Simple meaning not theology.
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