Today’s Scripture: 1 Corinthians 12:24-25
“God has so composed the body . . . that the members may have the same care for one another.”
Ministering grace is a two-way street. We’re to pray for one another, encourage one another, teach and admonish one another, spur one another on, carry each other’s burdens, share with one another, and so on. Truly the body of Christ should be constantly alive with this reciprocal ministry to one another.
Ministering grace to one another means being an agent available for the Holy Spirit to use to convey his grace to someone else. Allowing others to be ministers of grace to us takes some grace in itself, and we may need to pray, “Lord, help me to be transparent and open to my friend, even though doing so seems humiliating to me right now. And make my friend a minister of your grace to me.”
All of us, if we’re exploiting this avenue of God’s grace, should find ourselves at various times on both the receiving and the giving end. To borrow a principle of reciprocity from Paul’s teaching on giving, “your abundance at the present time should supply their need, so that their abundance may supply your need” (2 Corinthians 8:14).
How can we be ministers of grace to others? In the same three basic ways that they can be ministers to us: prayer, the Word of God, and help in submitting to God’s providence. But there’s a crucial difference between receiving and giving. In receiving we must give permission to the other person to share Scripture with us and to help us submit to God’s providence. In giving, we must receive permission. Usually this means we must first earn the right to minister to the person through a relationship of mutual sharing, openness, and trust that we have already established. (Excerpt taken from Transforming Grace)
Source: Your Holiness Day by Day | A Devotional by Jerry Bridges