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Jan252016

Grace-Filled Relationships

I opened the lid of the bread machine and was shocked to find cooked bread dough filling the entire cavity! Every inch of space was covered; it was in the bucket, along the lid, and all down the sides, nearly to the heating coils beneath. It was a mess.

It was one of those days when the pantry had yet to be restocked. When I finally got home and started making plans for dinner, I realized we had no bread. Bread machine to the rescue!

Flour…sugar…yeast…milk…oil…salt. Oops, out of salt. Oh, well, I thought as I finished prepping the dough, it shouldn’t make too big of a difference. Much to my surprise, it did. Not only was my salt-less bread deformed on the outside, but also most of the middle was missing. At the table, my children couldn’t understand why someone would eat all our bread, and they spent most of the meal trying to figure out how the culprit could get the bread out of the crust without breaking it.

It took me almost the entire dinner to explain to my kids how yeast makes things rise by creating air pockets and how the yeast in our bread had basically turned it into one giant pillow of air because there was no salt to temper its reaction. If you’ve ever made homemade bread, you may have realized (like I did) that there are a few key ingredients you just can’t dismiss—like salt. Salt is one of the most important ingredients in bread. Not only is it a flavor enhancer, but it also regulates the yeast’s reaction to sugar. Without salt, yeast can quickly get out of control—as I discovered.

Later, I got to thinking of that bread and remembered this passage of Scripture:

Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity. [6] Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.

Colossians 4:5-6, New American Standard Bible

I also remembered Andrew saying once, “I think people struggle with grace because there’s just no role model for it outside of God. Our entire world system is based on performance…. But our relationship with God is based on grace—it’s based on what Jesus did, not what we do.”

And I got to thinking, Am I being a role model for grace? Am I allowing the grace of God to season and temper my own thoughts, my own actions, and my own relationships? Just like salt cannot be overlooked in making bread, so also grace cannot be relegated to a “little” piece of the Christian walk—it is one of the most necessary and powerful ingredients of all.

To learn more about the power of grace and its importance in your Christian walk, check out Andrew’s Paul’s Letter to the Galatians teaching.

If this has inspired you, please post a comment below.

Reader Comments (5)

It is so good to read these articles, after a long day and knowing I failed in many areas of my thoughts and actions, God sends this message via you and AWM on 'His Grace', I'll try to add more salt each day ...

(Yes, we make and bake our own bread at home too, becasue we live on a remote island and can't pop to the shops.)

Thanks

God Bless You. ALL

January 25, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterRobert W Cholawo

It must be because I have been Blessed with many strong but humble teachers in the past 40+ years of seeking the Lord's Way, that your article seems like an understatement...Isn't it the truth that all that we receive from our Triune God is because of His Grace (by and through) which is totally unmerited and unearned? FAITH,HOPE AND LOVE the greatest of these, can be ours because He first loved us! I do not thank the Lord enough for His infinite source of all He gives us from His Kingdom !! I pray...Lord deepen my desire for your will to be done, in Jesus Name.Aileluia!

January 26, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJudith A. Szabo

Not being a bread maker, this was very informative. It's a wonderful reference point for me to remember Jesus telling me to be salt. I have difficulty even trying to express the blessing that Andrew's teachings have been for me. I devour everything I read and have taught a group of women who are so hungry for His Word to make sense in their lives. My prayer daily is for the body of Christ to have a revelation of this amazing Gospel of Grace. I speak it whenever I'm able and am blessed to be able to send prayer requests out to over 100 people on the prayer chain at my church and I always encourage to speak words of life in agreement with His Word. I have read Andrews book on a better way to pray and it's so good and so powerful. I respect Andrew's teaching so much because He has chosen to believe God's Word above all else. When I first heard him quote "let God be true and every man a liar", it really rang so true in my spirit. Thank you Andrew that your teaching right from the heart of God is so appreciated. I am in a small group at my church and we will be doing "The Believers Authority" and I can hardly wait. God bless you dear man of God.

January 27, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAnne B.

Yes, thank you very much for these words of wisdom. I am an elderly widow. For over 50 years I was in a very legalistic religion that taught nothing about grace. It was all about what we are to do and not about grace. To read your post and read and listen to Andrew is such a blessing. My eyes have begun to be opened to GRACE. It is very liberating. Such freedom is a joyous thing. I always want to share what I have heard and read. I feel so excited about it all. Over the years I have taught classes of all ages, from 2 yr old children to adult women. But it's been a long time since I have taught. I never hear good things that I don't want to teach them to others. Most others I know do not want to hear it. It is very difficult for me to learn and to keep learned that it is not up to me but is up to Jesus and what he has done and is doing. I wish with all my heart that I had a group of people to be with that I could share the life and love of Jesus with. Thank you again for your words of grace and wisdom.

February 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLaRue Campbell

This is a blessing!

February 17, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSophie

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