Guiding in Grace

“It’s true that moral guidance and counsel need to be given, but the way you say it and to whom you say it are as important as what you say.” – I Timothy 1:8 (The Message)

We all need guidance, correction and counsel; but if it is not spoken in love, it is seldom received.  Where grace is given, moral guidance is accepted and acted upon.

The heart behind His instruction, is one full of mercy and grace; as He is always at the ready to lovingly lead us away from a life of sin, and onto His path of peace.

In our places and positions of authority, be it as a parent, a teacher, an employer or friend, it is essential that we seek His wisdom in the way in which we are to guide in His grace, so that our counsel might be that which mirrors Christ.  As we instruct according to His leading, lessons are learned in love, and they are more likely to last.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You are the ultimate example of how moral guidance and counsel ought to be given.  Rather than roar out ridicule in redirection, You sent Jesus to come alongside and humbly walk among us.  Thank You that He did not just speak the words and then split, but He modeled a life lived in willing submission to You, and ever extended Your mercy and grace to those in need of guidance.  Father, teach us by Your Spirit, what we are to say, and supply the strength to speak always in love.  May the message of Your goodness and grace be made evident to all, as we live lives fully submitted unto You.  Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present

6 Comments

  1. That’s what freaks me out most – Jesus is a perfect example of this and yet we just do not pick up this character trait – weird. Thank for a great post!

  2. Mercy triumphs over judgement…Amen. However, sometimes it seeems God challenges us to be iron sharpening iron, especially when we msut stand up for truth and righteousness where the opposite is being promoted culturally. This seems like tough love, but I am reminded of Jesus’s approach when he addressed the money changers in the temple …

  3. Love the phrase “roar out ridicule in redirection” – I know people who do this, thinking it’s more godly that way! But we can all be capable of lacking love and grace in our advice to others. There’s so much to be said for the truth spoken in love, from a heart of deep compassion. Thanks for this great encouragement.

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