Grace. We all know what it is. It is one of the central attributes of God. But have we gone too far and removed the power of grace? We have Americanized grace to we can do what we please, when we please. We like to use the preverbal GRACE CARD! We think we’ve gotten away with our sin. Today, we’re looking at 5 reasons cheap grace can cost us dearly. Also I have some really exciting news for you, so stay tuned. All of this and more, coming up next!
We all are part of a unique story. This story has been shared for just over six millennia. That story is the story of grace. I’ve often wondered where we would be if grace didn’t exist? Grace is one of God’s attributes that is so beautiful, so powerful and yet many Christ-followers find it hard to believe it’s simple to understand. Maybe that’s why we don’t take the time to understand what grace is and what it does in our lives.
Our integrity is often mishandled when we begin operating in cheap grace. We’ve been entrusted with this amazing gift, but how we treat others is how we will be treated. We’re all driven by something The question is… what is it? Usually we tend to ignore everyone else around us, forgetting the important things we need to be aware of. Being driven is a good thing—it’s what keeps us going—keeps us moving forward. But often times we are too driven and we begin handing out cheap grace, thinking our actions don’t have consequences. What will be waiting for us when we arrive at our destination? In answering these questions, we find we have to be conscious about grace and how we’re living our lives.
People entrust their lives with us and how we treat them reflects on our leadership.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer calls it cheap grace:
Cheap grace is the grace we bestow on ourselves . . . the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, communion without confession. Cheap grace is grace without discipleship.”
Here are five reasons cheap grace influences our character.
1. Integrity doesn’t matter.
2. Work becomes hostile.
3. We diminish our credibility.
4. We allow lax work environments
5. We don’t care how other’s view our work ethic.
When we exercise holy grace, it also has five leadership characteristics:
1.People see strength.
2. People know where we stand.
2.People feel safe and protected.
3.We eliminate heartache, even in confrontations.
5.We can look ourself in the mirror, knowing we are standing strong.
If we allow negative behavior to influence our work or church, our leadership will suffer. Grace allows us the freedom to be tough, but yet allow stability and safety for those who accept that grace.