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August 14, 2017, 11:15 AM

Retail Grace

Not too long ago, there was an uproar in within the pharmaceutical and medical industry.  The head of a particular company had apparently raised the retail price of a certain potentially lifesaving medicine by an astronomical amount without justification.  I don’t mean to cast doubt upon the rationale given for the increase in price offered by the company’s CEO, but I am of the opinion the rate hike was more about profit margin than production cost.  Having seen first-hand the therapeutic benefits of the medicine, I couldn’t believe someone would place personal wealth above the life of others.  The last couple of weeks I have been reminded of the amazing grace God has shown me and continues to pour out on me daily.  In light of this perspective, I find myself to be guilty of dispensing grace in a similar fashion to how the pharmaceutical company made its product available to those who need it.  I want and need desperately the fullest extent of grace from God and others, but when it comes to me being the one to show grace, I demand an inordinate, unreasonably high price.  Such as, “I will show grace and forgiveness only if so-in-so does such and such.”  The parable of the unforgiving servant in Matthew 18 exposed this in me.  My prayer is that God would not simply forgive my sin and remove it as far as the east is from the west, but that He would allow me to see a glimpse of the tremendous offense my sin is to Him, a holy and righteous God.  In seeing the reality of the egregiousness of my sin, hopefully I will show mercy and grace to others in a similar manner to that which God has shown me. My sin against God is far greater than any sin against me. 


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