We cheapen grace when it’s only received, but the value of grace is exponentially maximized when we give it away. Grace will always change the storyline because it changes everything it touches, especially in marriage. The closer the relationship the deeper the risk for pain, but this is how we bring the greatest results, for everyone.
Joseph changed his storyline the day he forgave his brothers (Genesis 37-50) when it was within his power to retaliate. David changed his storyline by showing respect and kindness to an enemy that was trying to destroy him (2 Samuel 9), instead of going to war.
Jesus didn’t change our storylines so that we could take His grace and only receive it for ourselves, but rather so that we could share it with each other. He gave us a real life demonstration at the cross of how this grace changes outcomes: He showed us how to capitalize on it.
THE POWER TO CHOOSE
Unity is the common thread that is weaved over every story where grace touches. Grace bridges us from separation because of offence to unity and in the process makes us spiritual heroes in God’s eyes.
God gave me the power to change my own storyline from retaliation to forgiveness through the power that was bestowed on me when I received Grace. Grace has a power that the world just doesn’t get. It isn’t until you exercise it through giving it away that you can increase its strength and feel its empowerment.
I hear over and over again how difficult it is to step out of the euphoria of the wedding day into the reality where marriage is lived out. I agree completely: With some marriages, it is impossible to do – in human strength. But when you bring a supernatural being into the picture, the view changes.
God has good plans for our marriages (Jeremiah 29:11), plans that we cannot even begin to understand (Isaiah 55:8-9). Plans that He ordained from the beginning (Ephesians 2:10 ). He knew all this before we were born (Psalm 139:16). He then spends the rest of our lives renewing our minds (Ephesians 4:23) and changing our hearts (Romans 2:12) to come onside with His plan of grace.