by David Cawston

Modeling Grace at Disagreeable Times
David Cawston
Romans 14:1-23

Haven't got to grace yet...
A conversation was overheard by a man between the young woman sitting next to him and her neighbor across the aisle. The woman was reading Scott Peck's The Road Less Traveled, the book that has stayed on The New York Times BestSellers list longer than any other. "What are you reading?" asked the neighbor. "A book a friend gave me. She said it changed her life." "Oh, yeah? What's it about?" "I'm not sure. Some sort of guide to life. I haven't got very far yet." She began flipping through the book. "Here are the chapter titles: 'Discipline, Love, Grace.... The man stopped her. "What's grace?" "I don't know. I haven't got to Grace yet." I think of that last line sometimes when I listen to reports on the evening news. A world marked by wars, violence, economic oppression, religious strife, lawsuits, and family breakdown clearly hasn't got to grace yet. "Ah, what a thing is man devoid of grace," sighed the poet George Herbert.

1. "A Picture of Grace"
God does what He does by His Grace

2. "Walking in Grace"
I am what I am by the grace of God

3. "Modeling Grace at disagreeable times"
I let you be what you are by the grace of God.

Grace defined: Unmerited Favor!

Grace comes to us in two dimensions, vertical and horizontal.
Vertical grace is extended to us from God.
Horizontal grace centers on human relationships.
To live with the saints in heaven will be eternal bliss and glory,
But to live with saints on earth is an altogether different story!
Horizontal Grace is what I am talking about today!

Horizontal grace is charming.
It frees us from the tyranny of pleasing people and adjusting our lives to the demands of human opinions both for ourselves and for others.
God wants us to become gracious affirming people.
He wants us to extend the same grace we have received to others.

Parable of the Unjust Steward.
Matt 18: ...

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