Thursday, December 9, 2010

Worth repeating

I'm a little cranky today because once again we are up against a situation where grace is completely absent.
 
Sigh.
 
So, to repeat a little bit of yesterday's post: 
 
This is our family's manifesto. This is how we run our home and it's how we try to run our lives. And we do it by the very grace that our Father extends to each one of us (even though we fail):
 
In this home, we do second chances.
We do grace.
We do real.
We do mistakes.
We do I’m sorrys.
We do loud really well.
We do hugs.
We do family.
We do love.
 
To go further today:
 
The reason that this is so important to us and the reason that I wanted to repeat this saying one more time is simple: 1 Corinthians 13. 
 
Love. 
 
God is love and all of our love as humans comes from God. (1 John 4: 7-8)
 
Love does not keep count of wrongs (Psalm 103:12).  Not even when we're trying to teach our children right from wrong. We don't keep count and continue throwing the wrongdoing back in their faces long after the incident should have been closed. (That's what is meant when scripture says that we are not to provoke our children to wrath.)

God is love. Through the Cross, which fulfilled the unfulfillable Law once and for all, God gives us everlasting mercy and grace (unmerited). 
 
Who are we to do anything differently?

- Catherine

2 comments:

Christy said...

Love this. Sorry for whatever you're facing - praying God will give you the grace you need to get through it.

bensrib said...

Love your family's manifesto. Remember what Corrie Ten Boom's father told her about grace? They were going on a train trip, and he told her grace is like a train ticket. God gives it to you when it's time to get on the train—just when you need it.