The Intimacy of Our Struggles
We see and feel everything that we face, on a more-than-intimate level, and face others walking through their lives. And, we forget about others. We get wrapped up in what we face, and just forget about the need to be there for others.
Offering the Grace We Have Received
I think, this is where grace steps in. We offer grace to others each time we reach out to others and allow the conversations to become as one-sided-as-one-sided-can-be – where you are a listening voice.
Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others (Colossians 3:13, NLT).
Listening Voice of Grace
In being a listening voice of grace, you do a couple things.
- Acknowledge they need you.
This is the hardest shift. Just being real here.
While you face a trial and others need you, laying down your struggles for a few moments to be there for another is an act of service.
What this means:
- It doesn’t mean your struggle is not important. Our problem is exchanging receiving support for giving it. There is a need for both. We need to come together, and recognize each person’s struggle is significant.
- Relationships need balance. Strive for this balance of being near for others when they need you, but also let them know you have needs too.
- You are participating in an act of worship toward your Creator. It’s not so much about them, as it is your heart and willingness to worship.
- Acknowledge the past hurts reflect not everyone loves like you do. Where you might jump in to support others, they may not. Allow God to use you in this place of being there.
- Acknowledge God’s love covers a multitude of sin. The love and sacrifice of Jesus doesn’t just cover my sins. It covers theirs too.
Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins (1 Peter 4:8, NIV).
When We Become a Listening Voice of Grace…
We get the joy of reading verses like these that point us toward why we can lay aside our past hurts and forgive others. We can forget about talking forgiveness, but actually live it. Reflecting Christ in our words and deeds.
It is done, because and for Jesus. It is not for nothing or letting people run over us.
It is choosing to still be His witnesses, even when it hurts.
Because He is greater. His grace is greater than our past hurts.
[K]nowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve. For he who does wrong will receive the consequences of the wrong which he has done, and that without partiality (vv. 24-25, NASB).