I was reading Morning and Evening by Charles H. Spurgeon this morning and thinking about Spurgeon’s view of Grace, “Grace,whether it’s work be to pardon, to purify, to preserve, to strengthen, to enlighten, to quicken, or to restore, is always to be had from Him freely and without price;” His devotional was based on 2 Timothy 2:1 Be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
I see His Grace daily in our Mother Daughter relationship, paving the way for my relationship with my two younger children. In the past 12 years, I see God’s grace more abundantly every day, it is a progressive process that by no means has happened overnight and when we have a busy day like yesterday, I see it all the more clearly in days like today, and it is not only with my 12-year-old daughter, but with my husband and other children, as well. Here are a few examples, I would like to share, When I forget to do a wash, Jim graciously will put one in the wash, instead of grumbling that he needs clean clothes, When Jim is exhausted after a day of work and I take charge of the bedtime routine or vice versa instead of taking our exhaustion out on each other and the children because we are tired, When I have to repeat myself over and over to my 6-year-old daughter and she says, “I love you, Mommy”.instead of back biting with a negative countenance and commentary When my children’s rooms are untidy and I pick up the clothes on the floor and tidy their desktops instead of nagging them to do it RIGHT NOW or ELSE or folding clean laundry on my 12 year old’s bed instead of expecting her to be responsible when she has had a full day of activities, or I smile and sweetly speak to my 9-year-old son, who is in a grumpy mood instead of snapping and verbally rebuking him. When we are truly undeserving of this gift of grace this is the time God calls us to live out the gospel and have mercy and grace to pardon, to purify, to preserve, to strengthen, to enlighten, to quicken, or to restore one another. When we choose to forgive time and time again, seven times seventy-seven (Matthew 18:22), aren’t we showing the people God has placed in our lives the love of Christ?
This grace is a gift as the Bible clearly states in Ephesians 2:8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God–