Contagious Grace

As you can see from the title, the corona virus is still inspiring my blogs but I hope in a positive way even though I tested negative. I was reading 2 Corinthians 4:15- Indeed, everything is for your benefit so that, as grace extends through more and more people, it may cause thanksgiving to increase to the glory of God.

The Greek word for extends is: spreading, to superabound, to increase etc. We are all learning about how the corona virus can spread. I never noticed that grace can also spread. Romans 5:20 says grace multiplied even more than sin. 1 The 3:12-may the Lord cause you to increase and overflow with love for one another…

I see love and grace as being very similar. They can both overflow and spread.

What is grace? My limited definition for years was unmerited favor. I now believe it is so much more. As I have said in another blog, Watchman Nee defines grace as something God does for us. And the law is something we do for God. We are all living with much concern about this invisible pandemic, as we should. However, an even stronger force is spreading through us-His grace/love. It is superabounding. The virus can spread through people that are asymptotic. They have no idea they are spreading it.

Grace can move through us without our knowing or trying. Many years ago, I had a supervisor who asked me to join him for lunch. This was a first so I thought I was in big trouble. We got along well but I tend to think the worst when a supervisor initiates a meeting. He did not waste any time. “Herb, I want what you have”. He said there was something he saw deep within me, a peace or something, that he wanted. “What is it”?

This had never happened to me and has never happened since. I wish I could say it happens every few weeks but no. My only answer to him: it is Jesus living in me. I had never talked about God or my faith with this supervisor. He wanted to know how he could have Jesus in him. It was a little difficult praying in a crowded hospital cafeteria so I simply explained he could ask Jesus to live in his heart. I talked about the cross and sins being forgiven. This was on a Friday. The next Monday, he called me in his office. He said he was sitting on the seawall in Galveston that same Friday after work, and he asked Jesus to come live in his heart. He felt a hand on his shoulder. He thought it was a passerby so he kept his eyes closed focusing on Jesus. Then he opened his eyes to see who was standing next to him. No one was there. “Do you think that was Jesus with His hand on my shoulder?” I did not know what to say. I had never heard of anything like that happening. “It must have been. I have no other explanation”.

I could tell he was different. He now had the same Jesus living and shining through his heart. I kept in touch with this guy even after we both moved on to different jobs. He continued to have an on fire relationship with God.

His grace and love can spread through us without our trying. It is contagious. Even more so than this virus.

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