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    At the Core: Week 2 - Posture of Grace

    January 20, 2020 by Debbie Laginskie

    Our postures often aren’t seen on the outside. They are what is really going on at a soul level.

    When you think of all the postures we can be in – whether it is in a season of life or on a given day with particular circumstances…do you think they can be postures to receive grace? No matter what they are?

    There’s a whole lot tied into having a posture of grace towards one another – a posture through which God’s grace can flow freely back and forth. There is the posture we have towards ourselves. Let’s face it – our postures often reflect condemning guilt, shame or anger towards our own selves. There is the posture we have towards the Trinity. And then…thank God…there is the posture of the Trinity towards us!

    Read the following verses:

    Since God chose you to be the holy people whom he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tender-hearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. You must make allowance for each other’s faults and forgive the person who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. And the most important piece of clothing you must wear is love. Love is what binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful. Let the words of Christ, in all their richness, live in your hearts and make you wise. Colossians 3:12-16a

    We can’t just leap to doing what we read in these verses. We have to get in touch with our true/real posture. No posture is outside of God’s grace. In fact, our most uncomfortable postures such as anger and resistance are the very places grace wants to flow into the most.

    Look at the different postures in these pictures. Choose one that you are drawn to/can relate to at this moment in your life. If none of these pictures work, find your own or draw your own. Sit in silence with this posture. Invite the Spirit to be in these moments. Ask the Spirit to open your eyes to where you need the grace towards yourself.

    Think about the different postures of Christ: Him touching the untouchables, welcoming the children, blessing the prostitutes, looking into the eyes of the rich man, praying to His Father, laughing with His disciples, lifting the dead girl back to life, offering the wine and bread, allowing His hands and feet to be pierced, on the cross, touching eyes to see…these are just a few examples. What posture of Christ do you long for towards yourself? In your imagination, allow Him to come to you in this posture. Whatever posture you are in, let Him come.

    Now think of that relationship, that person who is hard to posture grace towards. Look at the posture pictures again. Ask the Spirit to help you see that person’s inner posture. Allow the compassion you have experienced in your need of present grace to open your heart towards the other. Think of the postures of Jesus. Which one do you want this person to experience?

    Pray for this person out of this. You may not be able to be in relationship with this person for various reasons. Or maybe you are able and/or need to be in relationship with this person. But one thing we can all do is imitate Christ’s posture of grace inside ourselves and in prayer towards the other.

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