I heard this term recently and loved it! Seeing people with eyes of grace…not my natural judgmental eyes that long for justice. You know the kind I’m talking about?Not the true across-the-board, fair-for-all justice that is wise and takes into consideration ALL the facts, as well as the past and future implications of this action. The kind of justice I want is more like the two-year old version that sounds like this: “I want ___.” “No, my child.” “But I want it!” “No, you may not have it.” “But I want it now! (add histrionics and drama in background.) “Child, you are not ready to have it now.”
(Ending with the predictable) ”But that’s not fair-r-r-r-r!” (closing with an extended whine.)
GRACE, the lens through which I want to see others, is by no means a way of living in “La-La” land. It is incredibly down-to-earth. It is as down-to-earth as Jesus was. Imagine how the eyes of Christ saw us when He “chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him“? We were (and often continue to be) a mess!
What do you think our families and our churches would be like if we saw people through “eyes of grace” as marred people made in God’s image...who are being sanctified by the one who chose them and is working to make them holy and blameless to His specifications? God needs us to see them with “eyes of grace” as He works to change their hearts, as well as ours.
Think of the incredible burden of responsibility off our shoulders! We don’t have to fix all these people…or judge them either. All that is up to God. Our responsibility is to love them...and see them with eyes of grace.
“In love he predestined us for adoption as sons (daughters) through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of His will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. In Him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. Ephesians 1:4-10
_____ Martha G. Brady is wife of a retired pastor, mother of 3 daughters and 6 grands. She is also an RN and quilter. She has lived in FL, TX and IL in pastorates with her husband as well as 7 yrs. in Jamaica. She has recently changed the name of her blog to Gritty Grace--where the grace of God and the grit of life intersect. This article rewritten from an earlier blog-Scraps and Rambles.