Grace for the Humble - Again! Part 2
But He gives more grace. Therefore it says, God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.
James 4:6 ESV
“God used that painful season to take my face in His hands and say through Scripture, ‘Behold I am making all things new. You’re about to learn that your self-righteous default system is a life-taker. Humble yourself before Me and be ready to die to self in order to see new life break through the hard soil of this messy place.’
This journey of learning how to offer life-giving words rather than life-taking words is hard and sometimes excruciatingly painful. Learning to put God’s glory and purposes above my own and trusting that the Lord is doing things behind the scenes that are invisible to me, wearied my brain as I learned a new way of thinking. But along the way, God has given me grace upon grace and opened my eyes and heart to the power of humbling myself before Him, surrendering to the call to die to self, so that through Him resurrection life comes.
Oh friends, I so much want each of you to experience the freedom that comes from surrendering to God’s way of responding to hard relationships. I have shed many tears, so that might not sound like fun, and frankly, it isn’t. But the angst is gone, because I am not striving to promote my own agenda. Instead, I am enjoying more and more freedom, because my confidence is in God’s ability to achieve His agenda. That’s grace upon grace.”
LIFE GIVING ENCOURAGEMENT
Are you struggling with a difficult relationship where you are confident you are right and the other person is wrong? Do you strike out at every opportunity, determined to make your point and get them to see the error of their ways? Instead, read Today’s Treasure, write it out on a card or print a copy of the Today’s Treasure graphic. Tape it to your mirror or car dashboard and pray specifically for that relationship. Ask the Lord to reveal to you through Scripture, a way that you can begin building a bridge to that person’s heart, in a way that entices them to “taste and see that the Lord is good.”
STORE UP MORE TREASURES
At some point in our lives, we or someone we know will go through great suffering. I encourage you to go the MARKINC website and listen to our adoption audio resource so that you can store up treasures of encouragement for the next rainy day in your life or someone else's. Here is a summary and teaser of this resource:
Well meaning people sometimes exhort adopted children to be thankful for the many privileges they have as a result of having a “forever family.” This resource encourages that gratitude but also acknowledges that side by side with a grateful heart is often a broken heart as a result of feeling abandoned by their birth parents. In keeping with our goal to produce and distribute resources that address life crises that are difficult to discuss as well as how to help those experiencing them, we are grateful to offer this compelling interview that is designed to equip adoptive parents and adopted children to better understand the “primal wound” that some adopted children experience. In this candid interview, Dan and Laura Betters share their thoughts and plans for helping their adopted daughter process the grief and disappointment she might experience as she better understands adoption. Lisa Adams-Reese, a seasoned adoptive mother and woman who helps place adopted children with their families, offers her own experiences and wisdom that will free parents to intentionally develop an honest, safe place for their children to express any sorrow, anxiety or feelings of abandonment. We know you will be encouraged and inspired by their stories.