Sometimes it is extremely hard to see people as children of God especially when they have wronged me. The conflict becomes the center of my focus and I lose sight of who they are. If I am not careful the conflict will consume me and I become resentful and begin to dislike the person! Then I remember that they too are a child of God and that I should freely show them Grace. My Grace should come in the form of an authentic gift that demonstrates that I love Christ. Me showing Grace should never come from pity or sympathy. But I am called to show Grace because it was shown to me when God sent his one and only son to die for me, for us.
If the truth be told, sometimes I forget that Christ died for me. Sometimes I forget that I am a child a God. When conflict or tragedy comes my way, I occasionally find myself thinking that God may be too busy helping other people to help me through my problems. But almost always, just when I forget who I am, one of you or someone in my church family shows up when I need you most. At First Church, I have watched my church family show others what Grace looks like, not out of pity but because that’s who we are and what we are called to do. The world needs more Grace so people like me can remember they are children of God.