Grouchy people sharing a gospel of grace?

Rebellion against God (described vividly in Romans 1:21-28) grows in the soil of an ungrateful heart. 

“For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him” (Romans 1:21). 

“….rebellion against God does not begin with the clenched fist of atheism but with the self-satisfied heart of the one for whom ‘thank you’ is redundant” (Os Guinness).

Those who walk in God’s will are distinguished by a gracious disposition — not a grouchy one. Spirit-filled people are extravagantly grateful.

“… be filled with the Spirit, … always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 5:18,20). 

How can we expect people to believe our message of hope when our lives do not reflect it?

How can grouchy people share a gospel of grace?

  • If you’re a critical, crabby, grouchy and grumpy person, please don’t tell people you’re a follower of Jesus.
  • Go back to the one who can restore the joy of salvation and learn to be amazed each day that God “does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities” (Psalm 103:10).
  • Remind yourself each day that, “God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ” (II Corinthians 5:21, NLT).

Steve Cornell

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3 Responses to Grouchy people sharing a gospel of grace?

  1. DM says:

    I’m a general contractor (and a believer) and I’ve said for years, I would rather work for a pirate than some “born again” Christians. At least I know what to expect if I were to work for a pirate🙂 I’m not sure if they think they are being a good steward of their money or what feeds it, but when I read this post I thought..I’m not the only one who has noticed an inconsistency here. I’m of the persuasion, we need to be the biggest tippers, and some of the most delightful people a waiter or waitress should have to wait on @ the restaurant. There is a verse in the gospel somewhere where Jesus tells us we are to use the “unrighteous mammon” to further the kingdom of God in the lives of other people…

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  3. We need to get back to the teachings of the apostles which taught the first church to have a loving disposition toward God, one another, neighbors and even themselves.

    I wonder how many grouches don’t like themselves. One believer thought it was heresy when I suggested we need to love ourselves. “Love your neighbor as yourself” didn’t hold water for him. It was all right to beat up on himself as long as he didn’t do it to others. When I play doubles tennis, I often hear my partner cussing himsef when he hits a bad shot. I say, “Hey, show some respect for my partner, please.” or Please don’t talk like that to my partner. We think we have a right to put ourselves down. I don’t find that in the Bible?

    When we put anyone down are we accepting or rejecting His grace? If we confess our wrongs, He will forgive us and then we must forgive the other guy AND ourselves. How can we give others a break if we won’t give one to ourselves? There is no condemnation to those who are Christ Jesus if we walk by the Spirit.

    I read a message by Billy Graham on the rth commandment, Shall not take the Lord’s name in vain. He said it isn’t just about swearing, but respect. If we honor God, we will also honor what He has made. His creation. At the top of the list we place people, When we don’t respect ourselves or others because they do wrong or believe wrong, we violate this command.

    Wade

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