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Common Grace To All !!!!!!

15 Jun

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As I write this, my wife and I are on our final and longest leg of our flight to San Diego. We are taking a few days away from our normally peaceful and quiet lives (usually) to the hustle and bustle of the West Coast.

The plane is completely full and I am looking at people from everywhere, and many ages and languages and colors and walks of life, like on every flight. Since I don’t live in a large city I’m not used to seeing such a diverse group on a daily basis. We do travel a few times a year so this isn’t new, but I am reminded again of how different we all are, and yet how much we are all the same.

I have spoken to a few today in the airports and have learned where they are from, but I know nothing more of there lives, and probably never will. I do know one thing for certain; that ALL of us were created in the image of God (Gen. 1:27) ; and that we ALL have the same need for love and respect, which it appears, there is a universal shortage.

As believers, we know that we are saved by the grace of God; without His saving grace we could never stand righteous before God; but there is another kind of grace taught in Scripture…. Common Grace.

Whether a person is a Christian, or buddhist, or muslim, or an atheist, God still showers him, or her, with His common grace. The sun still shines on us all; we all receive the benefit of the beneficial rains and the cool fragrant Spring evenings; and the birds awaken all that will listen each morning. God is abundantly gracious to us all.

Since God favors All peoples with His common grace, shouldn’t you and I be just as gracious to all people? It may be only a smile as you pass them, a word of greeting as you stand beside them for a moment with a kind word, or a helping hand like placing a person’s luggage in the overhead bin. There are limitless ways to express it.

We may not agree eye to eye about our belief systems and our politics, and we will have diverse opinions from various ends of the spectrum; but if we don’t respect them and listen to them we will never be able to express ourselves to them.

The Gospel is the “Good News” of Jesus Christ; but it will not be received as good news to the hearer if we don’t treat them graciously as does our Heavenly Father. This is how God works through us, His people, to spread the Good News to the world. Our responsibility is to share it. The results are left entirely up to God.

We better get use to a diversity of people since that’s one of the characteristics of Heaven.

Listen to John:

“And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth” (Rev. 5:9-10).

 

May The Lord make us a loving and gracious people!!

Until next time, Lord willing,

Levi

 
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Posted by on June 15, 2014 in Christianity, Faith, Religion

 

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44 responses to “Common Grace To All !!!!!!

  1. Skye @ TheSanctuaryofMyHeart

    June 15, 2014 at 4:28 am

    Amen, Dear Levi!!! A simple smile or small courtesy can open many a door to people’s hearts!!! I pray you had a safe trip home, Dear Friend!!!

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    • Levi Thetford

      June 15, 2014 at 7:25 am

      Thank you Skye. I only just woke up. Lol. I pray that you have a wonderfully blessed Sunday!!!😀. I was awakened by a big electrical thunderstorm so I am trying to get some good pics of it.

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  2. paulfg

    June 15, 2014 at 6:09 am

    Community … common unity. Thank you.

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  3. Sharon

    June 15, 2014 at 7:05 am

    Amen!

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  4. wingedprisms

    June 15, 2014 at 9:52 am

    Wonderful post! Just wonderful – oh that we all could grasp the grace and love of our God on all peoples – what a different world it would be.
    Have a nice trip Levi.
    cate

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    • Levi Thetford

      June 15, 2014 at 10:52 am

      Good morning Cate and thank you. It would be a much different world if all looked at each other this way. It is the ideal i know, but we can do our own part where we are in our small way. I wrote this when leaving earlier last week. We returned last evening. Lord bless you today!!!😀

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      • wingedprisms

        June 15, 2014 at 10:54 am

        ah. I thought I had read earlier that you be gone last week —- you tricked me – 😉
        But I’m pretty easy to trick……
        Happy Father’s Day!

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        • Levi Thetford

          June 15, 2014 at 10:56 am

          Thank you young lady. I’m writing of a bit of the trip for tomorrow.

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          • wingedprisms

            June 15, 2014 at 10:57 am

            oh – and thank you for the “young” lady……LOL

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            • Levi Thetford

              June 15, 2014 at 10:59 am

              I was gonna say “ole girl” but didn’t want in trouble. Lol.

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              • wingedprisms

                June 15, 2014 at 10:59 am

                LOL – smart move, Levi. 😀

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                • Levi Thetford

                  June 15, 2014 at 11:01 am

                  It made you young either way but I was gonna be real nice today. Lol.

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                • wingedprisms

                  June 15, 2014 at 11:09 am

                  hahahahaha – good job.

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  5. atimetoshare

    June 15, 2014 at 11:44 am

    Fearfully and wondrously made!

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    • Levi Thetford

      June 15, 2014 at 11:46 am

      We are indeed! Thank you “young lady”. Have a great day.

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  6. Anna Waldherr

    June 15, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    I could not agree with you more. And Happy Father’s Day!

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  7. Jeff

    June 15, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    Beautiful words!

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  8. Sheila

    June 15, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    Great reminder. Thanks, Levi!

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    • Levi Thetford

      June 15, 2014 at 3:45 pm

      Your welcome Shirley. I am playing catch up now. Lol. Hope all is good with you all!!!

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  9. Lilka Raphael

    June 15, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    Amen! Hope you enjoyed a wonderful Father’s Day!

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    • Levi Thetford

      June 15, 2014 at 7:46 pm

      I did, thank you very much!!! Hope your day was a good one too. 😀

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  10. Debbie

    June 15, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    Gosh, I loved this, Levi . .and it was confirmation of something He spoke to me too! 🙂 Thank you and God bless you!

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  11. Elaine

    June 15, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    Amen and amen Levi! Great post!

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    • Levi Thetford

      June 16, 2014 at 5:53 am

      Hey Elaine, thank you. Hope you’re doing well. 😊

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  12. charlypriest

    June 16, 2014 at 2:52 am

    we all are very different yet the same, very true. We all have that basic human nature, that´s a given. You said common grace, and I love the meaning of it being tolerance but I usually find this in Christianity or Jews, don´t see it very much in muslim´s. Nothing against them, a bit maybe since I had to travel there and wasn´t greeted to well, but I find it true what I have stated before. Muslims don´t seem to me very tolerant of the others. At least the great majority.

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    • Levi Thetford

      June 16, 2014 at 5:47 am

      Whomever Charly, that is intolerant should become more tolerant. This is where we make Jesus our example and not circumstances. Have a great day buddy!!!

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  13. SLIMJIM

    June 16, 2014 at 2:55 am

    Amen! I think you got a good point here; until we first see every individual as God’s image bearer worthy of respect as a person, we will not reach the lost in a way that honors God.

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    • Levi Thetford

      June 16, 2014 at 5:45 am

      Thanks SJ. It is important I believe. Have a good one!!!

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  14. charlypriest

    June 16, 2014 at 2:55 am

    Forgot.
    I should add that is always an uplifting and positive message that you send. Always good reading your post´s. You make me think too much Levi.

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  15. Paige Hamilton

    June 16, 2014 at 7:33 am

    Really wonderful reminder. I just returned from a trip myself, encountering many people who were different from me. Different and yet the same … each of us made in the image of God, reflecting parts of His character. And He loves each of us with the same powerful love, even the ones who have not received it. Thank you for the encouragement to extend grace and love to all, and to also look forward to the variety of believers who will share heaven’s glory with me someday. 🙂

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    • Levi Thetford

      June 16, 2014 at 7:50 am

      Thanks Paige. I hope you had a great and enjoyable trip.

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  16. linda parvin hutchinson

    June 16, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    The sun still shines on us all – love this!

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