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Abide in the Vine

I’m seeing more fruit in my life. Previously when people would approach me with religious questions or arguments against God, I would be very defensive and be overcome by anger and self-righteousness.

However, God continually reminds me that He has given me grace to see and apart from His grace, I too would not otherwise understand who He is and what good He has done for me. I think in the same way, I should show grace and patience to those who mock, misunderstand, or flat out bad mouth God, His people, and the gospel. In some ways, it leaves me heartbroken now instead of being puffed up with pride as well as a sweet and painful joy in sharing in Christ’s sufferings. 

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