Three phases of a Life of a Christian

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Yes, it's genuinely practicable. Part of what it means to receive grace is to receive forgiveness from God. On the other hand, part of what it means to give it is to give mercy to those who offend you.

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I was impressed by the phase of returning grace to others. I think that's so inspiring as I felt that we should all extend grace to others by showing love and kindness like the same way one experiences love from God when we are forgiven our sins and mercy during those times of crisis.

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I agree with the three phases, and how they play a major role in our Christian life. The first phase moulds us such that after a hardship we won't easily forget, when we look back at where we were from. The second phase receiving Grace shows us that despite all our short comings God can sent an angel amidst us to help us. Giving Grace comes within, as a christian, we should be able to show Grace to others as we were shown.

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During crisis it is easy to turn to God and of course, His grace abounds. But extending grace to others is the difficult part. No matter how hard you try, it can't be compared to God's grace.

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NellyDee29 wrote:
07 Jul 2020, 08:31
I agree with the three phases, and how they play a major role in our Christian life. The first phase moulds us such that after a hardship we won't easily forget, when we look back at where we were from. The second phase receiving Grace shows us that despite all our short comings God can sent an angel amidst us to help us. Giving Grace comes within, as a christian, we should be able to show Grace to others as we were shown.
Indeed my friend. Understanding this concept is the beginning of commencing it
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This is just so practical. It happens everywhere. And I think when it's time to show this grace to others, we shouldn't neglect it.

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Yes, those phases are familiar with every Christian, as they strengthen the faith of a believer.

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From other comments, I see that this cycle may not be applicable or universal to every Christian. The last two steps remind me of an idea from Alan Watts who described the two types of Buddhas. I forget their names, but one was isolated and kept his knowledge to himself. The other was an "in-the-world" Buddha who could easily play the game of life and impart his wisdom to others.

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anaplasticCerebrum wrote:
11 Jul 2020, 09:12
From other comments, I see that this cycle may not be applicable or universal to every Christian. The last two steps remind me of an idea from Alan Watts who described the two types of Buddhas. I forget their names, but one was isolated and kept his knowledge to himself. The other was an "in-the-world" Buddha who could easily play the game of life and impart his wisdom to others.
I don't know how to say that in english. Those two are 'lowthura Buddha' and 'pase buddha'. The first one understands the truth in an era when people are searching for dhamma, so it is easy for him to teach it to others. The second one understands the truth all by himself when no one in the world has any idea about dhamma. So he is unable of teaching it to others
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I wholeheartedly agree with the author on the three phases. I have experienced a lot of crisis' in my life and God has given me grace to get through all of them, even those I brought about by myself! Thanks for bringing this aspect of the book up!

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These three phases are meant to be primary occurrences in our lives. Humans seem to have lost the better part of their very existence, or maybe its a trend. We face challenges every time. Our very existence and survival are testimonies to the grace of God in our lives, but what I can't seem to understand is why we can not reciprocate this kindness to a fellow human. It never ceases to amaze me.

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Maconstewart wrote:
07 May 2020, 12:47
I don't believe that crisis is a prerequisite to finding God's grace or Christianity. His most gracious act was giving His son's life as payment for humanities sins. That was given before any of us were even conceived.

We are able, and many do, accept that act of grace and become part of God's family of believers. Some go through life without any major crisis in their life. Others of us have seen our share. But, God is there with His grace and forgiveness for both groups...willingly and freely.
You know this sums up all my thoughts regarding this topic.I totally agree with you. Thank you!

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The fact is,we experience God's grace everyday of our lives, whether we are in a crisis or not. Most times we tend to acknowledge the grace when we face a difficult situation which shouldn't be the case.

On returning grace to others, I have to admit that I haven't been doing that oftenly,just once in a while.I've been challenged to make it practical. Thanks for bringing this up.

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Sushan wrote:
11 Jul 2020, 10:08
anaplasticCerebrum wrote:
11 Jul 2020, 09:12
From other comments, I see that this cycle may not be applicable or universal to every Christian. The last two steps remind me of an idea from Alan Watts who described the two types of Buddhas. I forget their names, but one was isolated and kept his knowledge to himself. The other was an "in-the-world" Buddha who could easily play the game of life and impart his wisdom to others.
I don't know how to say that in english. Those two are 'lowthura Buddha' and 'pase buddha'. The first one understands the truth in an era when people are searching for dhamma, so it is easy for him to teach it to others. The second one understands the truth all by himself when no one in the world has any idea about dhamma. So he is unable of teaching it to others
Thanks for clarifying! I feel like we might be in the latter kind of word, where people aren't searching for dhamma.

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The author is much correct on this. I think I'm currently passing through the first stage. Tho this isn't the first time I'm passing through this stage, the cycle is something that we always experience throughout our Christain life.

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