“But grow in grace in the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.” (II Peter 3:18)
When we repent of our sins and accept Christ into our hearts as Savior and Lord, His grace is planted and starts growing in us. His grace should bring about the highest level of unmerited favor and kindness in us for others. This grace should flow out of us, loving, accepting, forgiving, encouraging and supporting those around us in the world.
It doesn’t always happen like this because our old sinful nature and flesh get in the way. Bitterness and meanness can sometimes come out. Then, too, the devil might tempt us to be hateful or snap at someone.
When this happens, we apologize, but are we truly sorry for what we’ve done? If it is something we’ve fallen into the habit of doing or something that we haven’t been able to overcome in our life, maybe we should confess out loud to the person that we are praying to God to help us not to do that again.
The British evangelist Henry Varley said. “The world has yet to see what God can do with and for and through a man who is fully and wholly consecrated to Him.”
Live through me Lord, so the world sees your love and grace.