Exercise Grace Daily
‘As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”’ Luke 10:38-42 NIV
Did you know that how you love people reflects how you love God? How we approach situations or treat the “annoying” person in the room all reflects on how we are loving Jesus and what our minds are focused on. When we get so consumed in the moment or by someone’s actions that may be irritable, we miss out on so much of God and what He is trying to show us in many situations.
We all struggle to love some of the people that God has placed in our lives, and react in irrational ways to situations that arise, but God wants to teach us how to be patient and graceful just as he is with us everyday. When we let him do this, mold us into great friends, mothers, fathers, sisters, etc. we grow to love people, and yes even the ones that tick you off.
When we look at Jesus, we see everything that we can never be but work towards everyday. I do not know about you but I want to be full of compassion, patient with all people, give grace to even the ones who seem unredeemable, I want to love like that.
In this story we see two sisters who welcome Jesus into their home. Now imagine welcoming Jesus into your house out of the blue, how in awe and overwhelmed you would be! When Jesus comes into the house we see immediately Mary was attached to him, weeping over his feet spending intimate value time with him. Then there was Martha, who was so consumed with prepping the house, causing her to be frustrated with Mary and even Jesus, her Lord for not telling Mary to help her! Martha was so consumed with things at the time were not valuable or necessary at all that she was even mad with Jesus, the most valued guest that would probably ever come into her home. Jesus tells Martha that Mary had her eyes on what truly mattered, and what she will receive from that is everlasting.
Focus your eyes on Jesus, so you can love like He does.
In this story we see two things, the power we receive in spending time with Jesus and learning to have patience with people. There are steps we need to take and priorities we need to set if we want to learn to love others and Jesus better. First would be, to seek out what matters most first. That would be our time spent in meditation with Jesus, were we wash His feet with our tears and pour out our hearts into His hands. When we do this, we are able to love others, ourselves, and our God a whole lot better.
Realize that people feel your words and attitude.
Things that we say and do can not be erased, especially when is affects a person we love. Just as we need grace and patience from God, the people in our lives need it from us also. How do we expect Jesus to grow us when we do not work through him in our friendships and relationships? Even though Martha was upset with Mary she did not have to express it or she could have gone about the situation in a different way. We need to evaluate what we say and how we are making people feel. You are a vessel of the living God, and all that you say and do reflects on you and the God we serve. Love people with the undeserved love you receive everyday from the God of the universe.
When we choose to ignore God and we are ignoring grace, and ignoring the potential for strong friendships in our life. Pursue God, cry at his feet, prioritize the meaningful things, and don’t let this world hold you back. Respond to snarky comments in love, show grace, and let God build on the foundation of friendships you already have. Prioritize exercising the grace you have been freely given with others no matter the cost.