Lent 2017 reflection on “40 Days with Wesley” by Rueben P. Job
Day 19: Justifying Grace
I read today’s lesson and I patted myself on the back. I thought, I’m good. Now, what I am going to write about? I am thankful that God has had mercy on me so many times. I give great thanks that I don’t have to “earn” my way into heaven. Faith and accepting God’s grace is sufficient. I also give thanks that God has blessed me with the gift of mercy. I’m good. Time to focus on sermon writing.
But I could not move on. I kept hearing the words, “God is rich in mercy” from the second chapter of Ephesians. If mercy overflows from God and I accept that mercy and I share that mercy with others, why do I not show myself more mercy? Have I fully accepted God’s gift if I don’t more readily bestow it upon myself? I don’t have answers, but some things to continue to ponder today. What about you? What stood out to you in the reading? Where have you experienced mercy today? Where have you shown mercy today?