But when the grace of God appeared…

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by Steve DuPlessie

I was in an interfaith gathering a few years back when the discussion question for the meeting was “What does your faith tradition say you should do about a beggar lying on the sidewalk?”

The Hindu in our group replied, “I should do nothing; he is working out his karma and I should not interfere with that.” Which goes a long way to explain the ongoing challenge of poverty in India today.

Someone once asked British scholar, popular author, and former atheist, CS Lewis, what distinguished Christianity from other world religions. He replied, “That’s simple: grace.”

I love Titus 3:3-5…

But when the goodness and loving kindness — the grace — of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit…

May we all give God’s grace as freely as we have received it.

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