John 1:16 (click to read from Biblegateway.com)
“Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given.”
I was listening to a book yesterday and it talked about a counselor speaking to his patients. She used an analogy that is actually right on target. Here is how it goes.
A man was asked, “Who is your favorite person?” He said, “My tailor.” When asked why, this was his answer. “Because every time he sees me, he takes fresh measurements. Never any judgement, regardless of the weeks or years that have past.” The 2 patients sitting in the room pondered that answer for a few minutes and when the counselor asked the wife, “Can you do that?” She said “Yes!” without hesitation. ref: “The Longing in Me: How Everything you Crave Leads to the Heart” by Sheila Walsh
Do you see the similarity between that statement and grace? Life is difficult, I mean really! We live with other broken people. You notice I say “other broken people”. That insinuates that we are broken too! I’m going to speak for myself and say “Yes”. I’ll let you answer that statement for yourself. As you see in John 1:16 “Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given”. That means over and over and over again. I know that I’m grateful for it! Why wouldn’t I extend that to others?
So today forward, I’m going to “BE A TAILOR”! I’m going to measure up those around me as if there is no past. Just looking at today! Loving as though I just met them, just as Jesus does.
So I ask you, “Can you do that?”
Lord, I’m grateful. Because even though I want to do what is right, I can not carry it out as it says in Romans 7:18. I will wake tomorrow giving grace as you have always given me. Amen!