Psalm 85:2(NLT) You forgave the guilt of your people, yes, you covered all their sins. 3 You held back your fury. You kept back your blazing anger. 4 Now restore us again, O God of our salvation. Put aside your anger against us once more.
Grace comes to us in two dimensions, vertical and horizontal. Vertical grace centers on our relationship with God. It is amazing. It frees us from the demands and condemnation of the Old Testament Mosaic Law. It announces hope to the sinner, offering the gift of eternal life, along with all its benefits.
Horizontal grace centers on our human relationships. It is attractive; It frees us from the tyranny of pleasing people and adjusting our lives to the demands and expectations of human opinion. It offers relief, and the enjoyment of freedom along with all its benefits. It silences needless guilt, and removes self-imposed shame.
This is a good time for me to ask you two probing questions. Only you can answer them: Do you add to others’ guilt or do you lessen it? Are you the type who promotes another’s liberty or restrains it? Both questions have to do with attitude, don’t they? We do what we do with others because of the way we think.
Our attitude, therefore, is critical. It is also at our mercy. We have full control of which attitude we shall have: attractive and gracious or restrictive and rigid. Liberty or legalism will be the result. Depending on our attitude, we are grace givers or grace killers. What side do you stand today? Blessings and love always!