A couple years ago I shared a compilation of Scotty Smith's insightful comments regarding the signs that “you are growing in grace".  They are often quite simple but they usually cut pretty deep.  You can benefit from them on a regular basis if you follow him on Twitter (@ScottyWardSmith), but I thought it would be helpful to share another more recent compilation. 

 

 But, can I make a suggestion as you read them?  Pick one or two that maybe missing in your life.  Write it/them down and pray for God to give you a greater awareness of those tendencies.  If you need to ask forgiveness from someone, do it.  If you need to ask someone to help you grow in that way, do it.  These are not meant to embarrass us.  They are meant to open our eyes to ways that God is working in us and to open our eyes to ways that we need to have God work in us.  Here you go!

 

Signs You’re Growing in Grace

  • A sign you're growing in grace: The stronger your theological convictions, the greater your love for those who differ with you.
  • A sign you're growing in grace: You don't break out in legalism-hives when someone starts talking about obedience.
  • A sign you're growing in grace: You don't feel compelled to have an opinion about everything, or share the ones you have.
  • A sign you're growing in grace: You spend less time comparing your kids, spouse, house, body, job, and "luck" to others'.
  • A sign you're growing in grace: You say, "You don't get me!" less, and "I want to understand you" more.
  • A sign you're growing in grace: You'd choose a legacy of kindness over success. Loving is now more important than winning.
  • A sign you're growing in grace: You're not as defensive, quick to anger, sarcastic or as pouty as you used to be
  • A sign you're growing in grace: The more you know, the less cocky you're becoming. Knowledge is humbling you.
  • A sign you're growing in grace: It takes more to irritate you and less to encourage you.
  • A sign you're growing in grace: You're not as likely to put your meaning on other people's words. You listen better.
  • A sign you're growing in grace: You're not as compelled to offer commentary and criticism about most people and topics.
  • A sign you're growing in grace: You throw less grenades at the culture and you're more involved in your community.
  • A sign you're growing in grace: You roll up your sleeves to serve quicker than you roll your eyes in disgust.

 

Let’s all pursue Christ and, just like Peter says, grow in grace together! (2 Peter 3:18)

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