God’s Field of Grace

wonderful looking place

The Lord is my Shepherd. He cares for me always. He provides me rest in rich, green fields beside streams of refreshing water. (Psalm 23:1-2)

God’s field of grace is vast and extravagant. His grace is much more indulgent than ours.

We tend to look through eyes that pick apart features and dress and tattoos and imagined wrongdoing. We focus on words, seize sides, take offense and collect misconduct like treasures.

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Our own field of grace is quite small, more like a tiny, enclosed patch of yard than a broad, eternal meadow. We weigh our tokens of grace, judiciously measuring them on scales of our own ideas of merit.

But merit has nothing to do with God’s grace; it has everything to do with God’s love and desire to see the whole world saved. Because God is love, He doesn’t give up on anyone. He doesn’t hold grudges or remember and make lists of our sins or inappropriate behavior. He loves us and holds His arms wide open until the moment we – or anyone – are ready to walk to Him and be embraced by His unconditional love and irrational grace.

 

Grace is not a game of win and lose, but a life of win, of inclusion, of unity, of adoption. There is no loss with grace – no exclusion, division or orphans. Under God’s wings of grace, we are all gathered under His compassionate caress as His sons and daughters. And He waits patiently for those not yet ready, and loves them as He loves us.

We all know there is too much division now; between countries, between politicians, between citizens, between Christians, between friends and family. This is a call to extend our fields of grace to whomever they have not been offered: on a personal level, a neighborhood level, a cultural level and a national level. Let’s allow our eyes to see farther than our own noses. Let’s pray we see through God’s eyes and walk arm and arm with Him in His field of grace.

No matter how Christians might have voted, it is absolutely clear that Christians are always called to serve Jesus by sheltering those most in needThis could be a unifying commitment between people of faith on different sides of the aisle — to protect the most vulnerable together. Jim Wallis, redletterchristians.org

 

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  1. […] via God’s Field of Grace — Susan Irene Fox […]

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  2. “For if we walk in the Light as He is in the Light, we have fellowship with Him, and the blood of Jesus Christ washes away all of our sins.” (1 John 1:7)…

    May the Lord lead your heart to His righteousness in all things, Susan.

    Steve

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    1. Thank you, Steve.

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  3. I just wanted to stop by to Thank You Susan for the Marvelous posts you have been sharing as a Guest Blogger on BnV. I Truly Appreciate the time and Inspiration it takes to create them and did not want you to think they were going unnoticed.

    ✿ ◠‿◠ ✿ (¯`♥´¯) ★*´¨) Thank You Ever So!! ★*´¨)(¯`♥´¯)✿ ◠‿◠ ✿

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    1. Thank you. I skipped a couple weekends, but have another scheduled for Sunday. ❤

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      1. No worries. I appreciate it whenever you can 🙂

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  4. Amen, Susan. This message is so important. Our idea of grace is so small! And I think what you said here is especially important to get…

    “Grace is not a game of win and lose, but a life of win, of inclusion, of unity, of adoption.”

    Yes! We tend to think dualistically: win or lose, us and them, in our out. But that’s fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil; we need to eat from the Tree of Life. When we eat from this tree, there is no us and them (Gal.3:28). There is only mercy, grace, and love for the other.

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    1. Exactly, Mel. Hoping to continue to build upon this during the year. And praying for our new President – that his eyes will be opened to grace.

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      1. Amen. That’s my hope and prayer, too.

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  5. Well said Susan, amen.

    Much love Tom

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    1. Thank you, Vincent. Have a peaceful and uplifting weekend. As always, praying for your health.

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      1. You’re very welcome Susan and likewise my friend 😇

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  6. Reblogged this on Pete Gardner's Blog and commented:
    Wise words we all should heed from Susan Irene Fox

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    1. Thank you, Pete.

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