Only those who have received of the grace of God are able to show grace and mercy to others. You can’t give what you don’t have.
If you have never known and experienced God’s grace, you could be unnecessarily hard on others because you do not know just how merciful God is.
When you open your heart to His grace he will pour out so much of it into your heart that when you open your mouth to speak, it is grace that will flow.
Grace is so deep, so unique that we tend to misunderstand it.
Sometimes we fight against grace (God) because we can’t handle the kind of blessing grace has bestowed on us.
Those of us who have always got it by hook, crook and work find it hard to just settle down to the fact that this time we got it all for free, by His grace.
Those of us who have messed up so badly in the past and have paid dearly for it find it hard to understand why God will just forgive us without us paying the price. (Jesus paid that price on the cross).
If you fail to understand grace you could spend your entire life fighting against God’s will for your life.
Knowledge of the grace of God will free you from a lot of headaches and heartaches in this life.
Imagine Peter, James and John on the mountain of transfiguration. What a mind-blowing experience! They loved it and like Oliver Twist they asked for more. They were fast transforming the place into a comfort zone. A comfort zone is that place where we think we have arrived; we no longer wish to move ahead no matter what promises lie before us.
A train station, an airport or a bus stop were never meant to be anybody’s permanent residence no matter how charming they might look. When God takes you somewhere for a season and you decide to make of it your permanent habitat, you have just created for yourself a comfort zone.
No matter how sweet that valley is with its beautiful flowers, enchanting butterflies and flowing streams, if God tells you to keep moving, rest assured that the best is yet ahead. Comfort zones keep us mediocre; they stop us from facing challenges and breaking new grounds, and eventually, they prevent us from being the best could be.
Show me a man stuck in a comfort zone and I will show you a lazy fellow, a coward, a man without a vision. These are people who will settle for less than they bargained for. Sometimes, God in His love will provoke earthquakes to kick us out of our comfort zones into our assignment. Your assignment is more important than your personal comfort.
Remember the great deliverance Jesus wrought just after descending from the mountain of transfiguration and the lesson His disciples learned about the importance of fasting. If you are presently settled in a position because you are too afraid of the unknown or because you do not want to deal with that issue ahead, you are probably in a comfort zone.
It may feel comfortable for now but you will soon discover that you are missing out on a lot of nice things. Launch out in faith and trust God to guide you along the way. Remember Father Abraham (Genesis 12).