Ministers of God’s grace

The Doctor's Life Support for 14 January

Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.

1 Peter 4: 10

All of us in the healing professions have been imbued with the ideal of service, an ideal that has motivated us and led us. But sometimes that ideal wears thin as we struggle to get through a day filled with the stresses of practice. Our resources sometimes seem on the edge of running out. It is at such times that the word of God speaks to us in the form of a challenge, reminding us that we are where God has placed us to use our gifts and so be channels of his grace in situations that can seem terribly ungracious. He has given us reasons to do so: First, it is God’s grace that has saved us, not what we have done to merit salvation. (Ephesians 2: 8) Second, St Paul reminds us (Titus 2: 11) that it is the grace of God that brings salvation to others. To the extent that we minister God’s grace in their lives we help to bring salvation to those who are in need of God’s saving grace. Which one of us has not disarmed a disgruntled patient with a smile, a touch and ‘the soft answer that turns away wrath’? Finally, when our own aggressiveness – our own reaction to the circumstances of a trying day – is dissipated, the grace of God can flow through us to bring blessing and healing to those in need, those whom we have desired to serve and are blessed to serve. Prayer: ‘Lord, fill me. Make me an instrument of your grace today so that by your Spirit I can turn even provocation into an opportunity to minister your grace and salvation to someone in need.’

Written by David Topazian from the USA

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