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How Christians abuse the grace card

It’s time for Five Minute Friday over on Katemotaung’s blog!  Set the timer, write for five minutes, and post!  Today’s word prompt: 
                                              Ten. 

Go

Ten lepers yelling at Jesus from afar.

“Jesus!  Help us!  Heal us!”

He comes near enough to look them over closely.

“Go show yourselves to the priest.”

And they went on their way.  Only, as they went,

they were healed.

Immediately one turned around and ran back for Jesus!

He was so grateful.

But he was a Samaritan.

They didn’t mix with Jews.

Jesus was a Jew.

And He noted, “You are here, but where are the other nine?  And you are a Samaritan.” 

I’m thinking the other nine were Jews. 

Ungrateful Jews.

So how about us?  When we trip up – we sanctified souls, are we sorry?

We know we are headed to heaven.  We know we’ve been forgiven.

But are we really, genuinely sorry? Are we burdened in our souls?


I’ve known true sorrow for my sins.  Once you stoop so low you feel you cannot ever deserve forgiveness, you realize in that moment –

How much Jesus did for you.

Does it take wallowing in the pits of sin to make us realize how great salvation we have?

Oh, will we raise our voices high and know this grace, this rich, righteous grace…

Or will we be like the nine.

And just go on…

Forgetting to give thanks.

“He kneeled at Jesus’ feet, so grateful.  He couldn’t thank him enough – and he was a Samaritan.”  Luke 17:18

Stop.

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18 Comments

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    Marie Gregg
    July 23, 2015 at 10:48 pm

    Oooo. This is good. Really good. I think we need to be struck afresh with the heinous nature of our sin and how extravagant God's grace really is. At least I know I need that reminder – and you provided that for me tonight. Thank you!

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    Tara Ulrich
    July 24, 2015 at 6:11 am

    Great post! I've always liked the story of the ten lepers. Visiting from FMF where we are neighbors this week.

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    Andrew
    July 24, 2015 at 6:12 am

    Terrific. Really, really good post on a subject that will make many (including me) a little bit uncomfortable, as the lights in the (self) examination room turn to full bright.

    Thank you for this!

    http://blessed-are-the-pure-of-heart.blogspot.com/2015/07/your-dying-spouse-33-last-battle-five.html

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    Denise
    July 24, 2015 at 6:13 am

    wonderful post, thanks for sharing.

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    Syndal
    July 24, 2015 at 6:13 am

    I love this thought:Forgetting to give thanks. So good Ruthie. Such a good nugget!

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    Ruthie Gray
    July 24, 2015 at 7:19 am

    Marie, I think we can learn a lot from this story, don't you? I'm so thankful for His grace and forgiveness. May I be faithful to His calling.

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    Ruthie Gray
    July 24, 2015 at 7:20 am

    Neighbors again, Tara! I'm popping over to say hi today! See you soon!

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    Ruthie Gray
    July 24, 2015 at 7:22 am

    Andrew, you are so kind. I pray for you in these hard, hard days. May you sense God's presence and peace!

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    Ruthie Gray
    July 24, 2015 at 7:22 am

    Thank you, Denise!

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    Ruthie Gray
    July 24, 2015 at 7:24 am

    I love the word nugget! Makes me think of riches! Which we have in Christ Jesus! Thanks for the kind words, Syndal!

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    Susan Shipe
    July 24, 2015 at 11:35 am

    Wow, you made it to the party! Proud of you Gigi. I played the grace card for too many years – until one sweet day when Abba told me there were no more holes to punch….I turned it in. I made the right choice. I've never looked back. Glory to His Name. #51 FMF

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    Tammy Belau
    July 24, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    Ruthie!
    Wow. So this is what happens when you don't cheat. (wink)
    Powerful words. Are we really grateful or do we take grace for granted? Thank you. I'm pondering now. I think in the church I grew up in, there really wasn't grace. It was a lot more works-based. You could lose God's favor. As I'm learning about grace this year, I'm feeling like a Samaritan, but super thankful! Speaking of that, did you ever hear somebody tell the Good Samaritan story and then reveal that we are the beat-up, broken person left for dead? That only Jesus could be that Savior? And that He paid and promised to return?
    Love,
    Tammy
    (#20 this week)

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    Ruthie Gray
    July 24, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    Hey girlfriend. I played that card too, same scenario. Praise God for sweet, full forgiveness!! I haven't looked back either. I feel as if we could talk for hours, you and I. 😉

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    Ruthie Gray
    July 24, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    I don't think I've ever heard that analogy, Tammy, but there's a lot of truth to that! Thanks for sharing and for reading. Yep. You can tell I'm from a once save always saved background. 😉 I believe that. But I also believe we use it as a means to cop out on our responsibility to stay away from sin and live with a clean slate.
    And yes, I never know what I'm going to come up with when I do it the night of. (Hubs doesn't care too much for me coming to bed late, which is why I usally wait, but I let for a trip today so I knew it was either last night or never!!!)
    See ya next week, #fmf buddy!

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    waterintowineblog.com
    July 26, 2015 at 7:54 am

    Hi Ruthie – another amazing post thats got me thinking and pondering and thankful. I've been that leper – saved from myself, never the same – face on the ground thankfulness. But everyday, when it gets tough, when things look grim? – thank you for the reminder today. Ive only read two FMF post so far – yours and my FMF neighbour # 104 Tondra-Denise both on the same portion of scripture. A very touching post too.

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    waterintowineblog.com
    July 26, 2015 at 5:09 pm

    Hi Ruthie – another amazing post thats got me thinking and pondering and thankful. I've been that leper – saved from myself, never the same – face on the ground thankfulness. But everyday, when it gets tough, when things look grim? – thank you for the reminder today. Ive only read two FMF post so far – yours and my FMF neighbour # 104 Tondra-Denise both on the same portion of scripture. A very touching post too.

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    Ruthie Gray
    July 27, 2015 at 10:05 am

    Yes, I've been more mindful of this in the few days following too. The Lord really spoke to me through this one. Thanks for stopping by, I'll be visiting soon! 🙂

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    Ruthie Gray
    August 1, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    Thanks, girlie! I've been that leper too, but yes, in the every day, we can forget and get callous and I never want to do that. I'm sorry for being so delayed in replying, life is getting cray cray!! 😉

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