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154: The Balance of God's Grace (Part 2)
The Biblical Counseling Podcast is privileged to have Kevin Carson (IABC Board Member) in this week’s podcast.
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*The following blog was Originally posted on KevinCarson.com blog
In an earlier episode, we explored the comfort of God’s grace, the call of God’s grace, the identity of the flesh, and how to put to death the flesh. Today, we consider the balance of God’s grace. Understanding the balance of God’s grace helps the follower of Christ both move forward in personal sanctification as well as when helping others in personal ministry as well.
FOUR CAUTIONS WHEN WE OFFER OTHERS THE SAME GRACE WE HAVE RECEIVED FROM GOD.
As we live together as brothers and sisters in Christ who enjoy all the benefits of relationship in the body of Christ, there is work for us to do personally and corporately. As recipients of God’s grace, we become stewards of that grace. Thus, we need to offer others the same grace we have received. Let me suggest four cautions when we offer others the same grace we have received from God.
EXPLAINING GOD’S GRACE AS COMFORT WITHOUT INCLUDING THE CALL OF GOD’S GRACE.
As we serve others, we do them a disservice where and when we fail to include the call of God’s grace with the comfort of it. God did not accept us without an agenda. We and those we serve must embrace the forward call of grace while rejoicing in the comfort of grace.
EMPHASIZING THE CALL OF GOD’S GRACE WITHOUT THE FOUNDATION OF THE COMFORT OF GOD’S GRACE.
We likewise want to be careful here as well. We do a disservice to others when we explain grace as a call to change without resting that call on the rich foundation of the comfort of God’s grace. While we seek to change, we do so as adopted children of God who are no longer condemned.
CONSIDERING GOD’S GRACE WITH ANOTHER PERSON WITHOUT OFFERING THEM HELP TO EMBRACE THE COMFORT OF IT AND MOVE FORWARD IN THE CALL OF GOD’S GRACE.
As we seek to help others understand grace, we are not simply “explainers” or “teachers” of grace. We must also roll up our shirt sleeves and help them embrace it in life-lived. We walk with the other person along the pathway of sanctification.
ACCEPTING THE WONDERFUL COMFORT OF GOD'S GRACE FOR US PERSONALLY WHILE JUDGING OTHERS SIMPLY THROUGH THE CALL OF GOD'S GRACE.
We must be careful here as well. Along the pathway of life, it can be easy at times to understand and desperately depend upon God’s grace for our personal sins and weaknesses. We rejoice in the comfort of God’s rich and bountiful grace for us. In fact, we may describe God as kind, persevering, and so patient with us as we continue to live imperfect Christian lives. Yet, when we look at others, we judge them through the call of God’s grace. When others struggle in their own weakness and sin, we look at them failing to see our own weaknesses and sin. We accept God’s comfort for our sin while emphasizing the failure of the other person to walk consistent with the call of God’s grace in his or her own life.
The balance of God’s grace includes implications for our own walk with God and how we see, teach, and help others with God’s marvelous grace in their lives as well. May we embrace living a Romans 8 lifestyle with God in Christ through the Spirit.