THE STORY OF JESUS: Luke 5:1-11
“Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” (Luke 5:8)
Did you notice that Jesus blesses Peter BEFORE Peter repents?
In my experience, Christian practice has been the opposite.
Before they’re allowed in the boat with Jesus, they must repent.
But by this practice, are we not reinforcing the judgment of the law?
This is not Jesus’ way; He graced people right up front, no action needed.
The only exceptions seem to be religious people, who were already graced.
Grace is the key to repentance, to seeing our need for God’s mercy and love.
I believe that we need to grace people before they repent or believe.
Treat them in a way they do not deserve, the way God treated us!
By this grace, the Spirit softens the heart to produce repentance.
Think of a neighour, or co-worker, someone who does not live a godly life.
Do we avoid them, talk bad about them, or even criticize them?
Or do we grace them beyond their deserving, beyond their expectation?
Do we trust the Spirit to do His work of conviction… through grace?
What do you sense the Lord saying to you?
Lord, Your undeserved mercy is what softened and changed my heart. Help me to spread this result, by sharing Your undeserved mercy with others!