An Outbreak of Grace

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2 Corinthians 1:4 (NLT)
He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.

2 Timothy 2:2 (NLT)
You have heard me teach things that have been confirmed by many reliable witnesses. Now teach these truths to other trustworthy people who will be able to pass them on to others.

Luke 13:20-21 (NKJV)
And again He said, “To what shall I liken the kingdom of God?  It is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal till it was all leavened.”

God’s plan is for his contagious grace to spread from one person to another like an epidemic. Somehow, rather than just splash a huge dollop of grace on all mankind at once, God prefers to share the excitement of giving grace with us, by allowing us to pass it on instead.

God invented what we now call ‘word of mouth’ marketing: the formula is, “oh! taste and see that the Lord is good” (Psalm 34:8), then go on and share the experience with everyone you encounter.

Just like you really don’t have to pay or cajole satisfied customers to recommend your business, those who have been touched by the grace of God should naturally spread the good news.

But Jesus spoke in a parable of one ungrateful beneficiary of grace…

Matthew 18:23-35 NKJV
Therefore the kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants.  And when he had begun to settle accounts, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents.  But as he was not able to pay, his master commanded that he be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and that payment be made.  The servant therefore fell down before him, saying, ‘Master, have patience with me, and I will pay you all.’  Then the master of that servant was moved with compassion, released him, and forgave him the debt. “But that servant went out and found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii; and he laid hands on him and took him by the throat, saying, ‘Pay me what you owe!’  So his fellow servant fell down at his feet and begged him, saying, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you all.’  And he would not, but went and threw him into prison till he should pay the debt.  So when his fellow servants saw what had been done, they were very grieved, and came and told their master all that had been done.  Then his master, after he had called him, said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you begged me.  Should you not also have had compassion on your fellow servant, just as I had pity on you?’  And his master was angry, and delivered him to the torturers until he should pay all that was due to him. “So My heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses.”

This story challenges us to pass it on. Have you received forgiveness? Pass it on. Has God been gracious to you? Treat others with the same grace. Has God been faithful to you?  Show the same loyalty in dealing with others.

Whatever God does in your life, he sows as a seed; and he looks forward to a harvest of that crop in multiple folds in the lives of those around you. He looks forward to…

An Outbreak of Grace

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