Grace Illustrated

Do you need grace? Have there been times when you needed others to share grace with you? Grace is a gift from someone who give us something we don’t deserve. Mercy withholds from us what we really do deserve.

A local newspaper carried an article called “Road Rage” that demonstrated a need for grace. A motorist cut into another driver’s lane so abruptly that the other motorist had to apply his brakes to avoid collision. Both drivers became angry enough that one of them threatened the other with a gun. No shots were fired. Police arrested the gun-wielding man as he came off the interstate: The first man had called the police from his car phone. The gunman resisted arrest and had to be forcibly extracted from his car.

This is a sobering picture of the human heart straight from a local newspaper.

Both of these men left home that morning anticipating a sensible day. Suddenly the behavior of one triggered the ugly side of the other and they were involved in this outrageous behavior. The grace of God in their hearts was missing.

You can have the same kind of outrageous behavior if your heart is not filled with God’s grace.

The Bible says,

If you keep on biting and devouring each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other. So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. 

Galatians 5:15-16

One of the benefits of being a Christian is that your behavior is not triggered by the behavior of other people. What a relief! A motorist cannot determine your response, but he or she can reveal it.

If you do not like the truth that you discover, you will become offended and defensive. If you become offended and defensive then you will not benefit from the experience. A very important Bible verse comes into play here. Jesus said,

To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

John 8:31-32

It does not matter how much trouble you have experienced. God will forgive you if you repent.

Grace Illustrated

A fourteen-year-old boy took his mom’s car without her knowing it. He was going to show the other guys how cool he was. No one would ever know the difference. He was driving down the street and he took the curve too fast. He lost control of the car and before he could gain control, he had crashed into another car.

There were some angry people there. The police came and took him to the station to file a report. Eventually, the boy’s mom arrived at the station.

The boy’s mom could have met him with anger and disapproval, but his mom was calm. While others were angry, his mom knew he needed grace.

It was a terrible mess. Both cars had to be towed away. What could he say? He took the car without permission and the rest is history. His mom had no insurance and no money to pay for the damages. Now, who would pay the price?

The boy’s mom took on a second part-time job to pay for the repair on the cars. Every week the boy had to help his mom with the part-time job. He soon got tired of doing all that work without any pay. At times he was bitter and rebellious, forgetting that he was the one who caused the problem. It took two years of hard work to pay for the damages.

That boy’s disobedience cost his mom two years of work. Maybe you have committed crimes that have affected others also. Even though we are sinners, Christ paid the price for our disobedience. That is called grace.  Notice Paul’s statement:

But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.

Ephesians 4:7

How much grace have you received from God?

Copyright © 2001 by Kerry L. Skinner

 

Comments

  1. Alan Downey says:

    Kerry, it’s amazing how many Christians conduct their lives like they’re still under “legalism” instead of Grace. Thank God I have matured spiritually & allow the Holy Spirit to be my yes or no in every circumstance. I now experience the Bible verse you put in my Joy of Repentence book (Isaiah 32:17), peace & quiet confidence. But I realize that growing in Grace is a daily challenge. Thanks for your “Think Life Change” emails because they help me “stay the course”.

  2. Ernie Kamber Sr says:

    Dear Kerry:

    I so realize the vast amount of grace that He has given me and even though I am in deep distress because of my wife’s dementia situation, I realize that He who has given me so much grace and mercy will also give me whatever it takes to stay the course.

  3. Kerry,
    What a wonderful illustation of grace the story was of the mother who remained calm over what the boy had done by causing the car accident. It made me realize how blessed I really am.
    Thank you for sharing this. I pray I never meet the person with the road rage.

  4. Hello Kerry
    When I was about 10 or 11 years after a wednesday church service me and my two brothers and sister were sitting in the back seat of a 1950 ford going to a drug store diner where we would have the rare pleasure of sitting down and having a big chocolate milk shake. When my dad was attempting to parallel park our car, we saw this very angry man running across the street to our car sreaming ” why don’t you just knock my car across the street, He yelled” at this time the eyes of my mom, two brothers and sister and I were bulging out looking at this crazy man. My dad said I didn’t hit you car. The man yelled back and said you did too , you knocked it this far.
    At this quick second My dad had to decide where he would pertect his man hood in front of his wife and family by getting out of his car and standing toe to toe with him or he would ” humble himself before the Lord and look like a whimp in front of his family. The scriptures ” All that liveth in you live peacefully with all Men” ” a soft anwser turneth away wrath” ” humble yourself in sight of the Lord came immediatly to mind and he chose to humble self and said to the man “Im sorry if I hit your car let me take a look at it. My dad got out of the car and looked at the mans VW and saw nothing and the man said Im sorry I’m the one who should apologize, you barely touched it. My farther said thats ok I can understand how you would feel. After a few minutes my dad asked the man do you work around here and he said yes. My dad said can I buy your lunch on wednesday? he didn’t know he was going to a Christian business men’ lunch. My dad met him at the luncheon and he prayed to receive Jesus Christ as his saviour. A few day later my father and another man went to this mans house and shared the gospel with his wife and 18 year old daughter and they both excepted Jesus as there personal saviour. Im not quite sure of the following order but I do know within six months the father had had a heart atack and died and within the next twelve months the wife had died from cancer and the daughter was killed in car accident. In a period of 18 months this whole family was in heaven. My father went to be with the Lord about four years ago and Im sure this family met my father and said I’m sure glad you didnt lose your temper.

  5. Ernie Kamber Sr says:

    I had forgotten my comment back then but it was not too much later that the Lord decided to take my beloved home and, on the one hand I am bereft with loneliness but on the other hand I realize that she has seen His face and the pain is erased. I also know that I shall see her again, all in all, Praise God from whom all blessings flow.

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