Responding with grace
'Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord.' 2 Peter 3:18 NIV
At the Last Supper, Jesus sat down and washed his disciples' feet. Imagine how dirty their feet would be after a day's walking in sandals on dusty streets! It was an unpleasant task, usually done by a servant in the household. The disciples must have been shocked by their leader doing such a lowly job. Peter even protested (see John 13:8). But Jesus told them, 'Since I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other's feet. I have given you an example to follow' (John 13:14-15 NLT).
Think about those disciples: Peter would deny knowing Jesus; Thomas would doubt him; Judas would betray him; and the others would desert him in his time of need. But that didn't stop Jesus. It didn't mean he was turning a blind eye to their mistakes; instead he was encouraging them to treat others with the same grace, humility and forgiveness he was showing by washing their feet. And the same is required of us today.
Extending grace means we choose to acknowledge God's forgiveness. Without grace, bitterness grows. But where grace is abundant, forgiveness grows. So, let's work towards developing a Christlike character by showing grace to everyone we meet, whatever the circumstances.
So what now? Is there someone who you need to forgive for something? Offer to buy them a coffee or do their laundry for a day. As you spend time with them, ask God to help you show them grace and forgive them.
Soulfood: Lev 23:15-22 Acts 2:1-18,