For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.
Written by: Matt Swartz
I am fluent in seeing my side of every story. This isn’t a surprise, right? That is how we all operate. We all wrestle with the purposeful decision to live life in a way where we see other peoples’ perspectives. That is why I am so personally challenged by today’s verse.
Romans 12:3 turns everything upside down relationally by saying the framework for human relationships must be based on God’s grace and love for us. Because of God’s grace, I make intentional decisions to make grace my starting point each day with how I choose to interact with others. When we allow grace to enter the equation of all of our human relationships, it has the potential to completely change the outcome of the relational equation.
Notice the key word in that last sentence: potential. We cannot fall into the trap of believing that just because we operate with grace in all of our relationships that grace will be reciprocated. We show grace because it has been demonstrated to us. We do not show grace with an expectation it will be shown back to us. Living graciously with others requires sacrifice. It must become a decision we make over and over again, multiple times a day.
Thought of the day: Who in your life do you need to make more purposeful decisions to show grace? Take a moment and reflect on God’s grace in your life. His grace creates the platform of humility and sober judgement that Romans 12:3 says we can use to live life graciously.
Prayer: Jesus, please help me make intentional decisions to live graciously towards others in light of how much grace You have shown me. Amen.