Immediately, I felt guilty. I remembered the MOPS (Mother's of Preschoolers) sticker on the back of my van. The one the car I just passed most likely saw. The one the driver of the car I just honked at was about to see as she pulled into the right lane and I passed her. I remembered my witness. I remembered the God I serve, my desire to represent Him well and the grace He's shown me over and over and over again.
"His grace is sufficient." It's easy to talk about grace while sitting in the pew or with my Bible open in study. But what about in real life, everyday situations I face...like this one? How do I live it out? It's not just for me, but for everyone.
If the God of all grace lives in me (and He does), He has filled me with His Holy Spirit, and I have no obligation to live in the flesh. His grace is enough. His grace can be extended through me, the kind that pardons the guilty and blesses the unworthy.
I am reminded of how much I have been forgiven. I remember my own shortcomings...even pulling out in front of someone a time or two, and much greater offenses. I relish His grace and the grace of others when I am at fault. I am reminded that I don't know the driver's circumstances. But I know her need for grace.
I can extend His "abundance of grace." His supply never runs out. Not for me, not for others.
So I ask for forgiveness again. I accept His grace and stop beating myself up. I forgive, extending grace. I pray for that driver. And I pray that I will be more gracious the next time road rage seeks to creep in because I'm seeking to live out His grace in real life. That means keeping my hand off the horn and my heart and mind pure.
How can you extend grace today? How can you accept His grace today? His grace is sufficient!
"The grace of the Lord is poured out on us abundantly."
I Timothy 1:4
I Timothy 1:4