226. Don’t Be A Pig About it

Knowing how much Stan likes blueberry pancakes, Ricky brought him an extra stack one morning.

“Oh, I can’t eat that many,” Stan said as he offered some to me.

Continuing, he then said, “I could probably force them all down, but what’s the point of being a pig when I can share some with you?”

“Thanks, Stan,” I replied.  “That’s very gracious of you.”

“Excellent choice of words,” Stan said.

He then continued, “God pours out abundant grace into my life.  The apostle Paul described it as being lavished with the grace of God.  So the question that faces me is what do I do with that lavishness?”

“And the answer is what?” I responded.

“I share it with others by being gracious to them.  Why should I sit here with grace lavished all over me when God is constantly bringing people into my life who are desperately in need of grace?”

Continuing, Stan added, “I can’t provide the grace that God provides in the sense of the forgiveness of sins that has an eternal impact for a person, but I certainly can provide the grace of forgiveness, compassion, and a whole lot of other things people need on this side of eternity.”

“By doing that, there may well be an impact that has eternal significance for those people.”

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In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace which He lavished upon us.  Ephesians 1:7, 8.

Prayer:  Thank you, Lord, for the grace you lavish upon me.  The grace of the forgiveness of my every sin against you, the Holy One.  Your grace provides all I need for when I step into eternity to be with you forever.  Please, Lord, help me to see that you provide that grace so that I will share it with others on this side of eternity in the sense of providing forgiveness, compassion, and everything else that is needed by the people you bring before me.  Help me to share all you provide so that others may have their lives and eternal destinations impacted.  Thank you I can and do bring all of these prayers before you in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

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