Grace Over Stones
Based on 10/1/23 sermon, Forgiveness Triumphs Over Judgment.
In the final reflection of this series, it is important to remember that Jesus came to save, not to condemn. According to the Bible, Jesus did not come to judge the world, but to save it. He was given authority to judge, but chose not to at that time. His mission was to provide a way out of judgment and to save the world. Jesus’ purpose was to save, not to condemn. Those who believe in him will not be judged, but will have eternal life. However, those who do not believe in him are already condemned.
Jesus calls us to extend grace over stones, beginning with ourselves. This means that we should be kind and compassionate towards ourselves and others. We should not be quick to judge or condemn others for their mistakes or shortcomings. Instead, we should try to understand their perspective and offer them grace and forgiveness. By doing so, we can create a more loving and compassionate world.
Reflecting on how you can align your actions with His mission of salvation and grace for your own life is an important step in your spiritual journey. You can start by examining your thoughts and actions and identifying areas where you can improve. You can also pray for guidance and ask God to help you become more like Jesus. By doing so, you can become a better person and make a positive impact on the world around you.
Finally, it is important to understand that God’s desire is for you to experience His grace, not judgment. God loves you unconditionally and wants you to experience His love and forgiveness. No matter what you have done in the past, you can always turn to God and ask for forgiveness. He will always be there for you and will never abandon you.
PERSONAL REFLECTION QUESTIONS:
- How can I model Jesus’ mission of salvation in my daily life, starting with self-compassion?
- In what areas do I need to replace stones of self-judgment with grace toward myself?
Take a moment to reach out to yourself with self-forgiveness and self-compassion. Embrace the opportunity to extend Jesus’ mission of salvation to yourself. Understand that God desires to save and redeem you, not condemn you.
LOVE IN ACTION:
As an act of grace, share the message of God’s grace and salvation with someone who may be struggling or in need of hope. Be a source of love and grace in their life.
Heavenly Father, help me to be an instrument of Your grace and salvation in my own life. May my actions and words reflect Your mission of love and redemption for myself. Amen.