God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. (2 Corinthians 9:8)
In our last visit we concluded with the challenge to stop and think about grace before we react to an evil done to us. Let’s look further into what Paul says in Romans 12:17, “Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody.”
When Paul says, “do what is right,” he is not referring to a standard of “does and don’ts.” The idea he is conveying is the way we act or react, especially when evil is done to us, is to be consistent with who we are. Our actions and reactions are to be authentically Christian.
Grace is a quality of life only God can produce. So if we experience grace in our lives it’s the result of God doing something for us we couldn’t produce ourselves. Having received such grace we now are to dispense such grace to others. We do this by allowing God to work in and through us.
You can be sure others are watching, especially if evil has been done to us. What will they perceive in our actions and reactions? Will they perceive grace? Or will they see self asserting and defending itself? The right thing for a Christian to do under such circumstances requires thought, beforehand, during the experience and after it’s all over.
That’s why we should study the Bible and hide its precepts in our hearts before we face such a trial. It’s also why we should surrender to the Holy Spirit and depend on Him to enable us to live out the precepts we have hidden in our minds and hearts as we go through a crisis. Then, when the crisis is over, we need to trust the Holy Spirit to help us forgive, forget and move on.
It is always wise to take time to ask the well known question, “What would Jesus do?”