From Killers to Christians
So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now! This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! 2 Corinthians 5:16-17
Understanding that you are saved by grace and live by grace is foundational for growth in the Christian life. We thank God for pouring His grace on us. In turn, we need to demonstrate grace toward others.
End of the Spear is a movie that recounts the story of five missionaries who lost their lives taking the message of Jesus Christ to the Auca Indians in Ecuador. In 1956, Auca warriors killed Nate Saint, Jim Elliot, Pete Fleming, Roger Youderian, and Ed McCully, then dumped their bodies in the Curaray River. Several years later the tribe welcomed Nate Saint's sister and Jim Elliot's wife and daughter into the village to learn their tribe's language. Eventually these two women were able to tell them about Jesus.
Joe Stowell traveled to the Indian village and gave the following account:
"When we landed in the Auca village on our way down to the historical site in the jungle, our plane was met by Indians who came not with spears but smiles on their faces. Most of the villagers today are believers in Jesus Christ. The head of the killing party, now old and a believer himself, was asked what he would do when he gets to heaven and sees Nate Saint, the missionary he killed on that day. He responded that when he gets to heaven he will look for Nate Saint, throw his arms around him, and thank him for bringing the good news of the Gospel to his village. And then he said, '... and Nate Saint will throw his arms around me and welcome me home.'"
Would you say that you are living by grace? Why or why not?