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My actions, or their response?

Isaiah 26:10

But when grace is shown to the wicked,
they do not learn righteousness;
even in a land of uprightness they go on doing evil
and do not regard the majesty of the LORD.

So here is another verse I wouldn’t have thought to start with, but God is so good at painting a complete picture for me.

I think I still have this image in my head that if I just treat people with grace, if I just do the right things, everything will be perfect.  But this verse clearly states that is not true.  This verse clearly tells me that even the grace of God does not make the kinds of changes I’m imagining will happen.

I need to remember that this grace journey is about me…not about others.  It is about the way I respond to people, the way I treat them and the way I see them…not about what they do.  I am to have grace, even when that grace is not accepted.  I am to treat others with grace not because I expect something from them, but because I expect something from me.

This is one of the places it gets hard to have grace with your children.  It takes so long for them to grow up and change.  But my grace is not dependent upon them earning it, or responding to it.  It is just the way I am to treat them.

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Jennifer Vanderlaan CNM MPH is the author of the BirthingNaturally.net website. She has been working with expectant families since 2000, training doulas and childbirth educators, and midwives. She has worked with midwives in Central America and Sub-Saharan Africa. Her interest in public health grew in 2010, and she is now a PhD student in a nursing program learning to become a producer of knowledge.

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