I found these sermon notes From Charles Spurgeon, saw the wonderful parallel between Grace and rain, God's marvelous creation. 

May it fall all over you.

Who hath divided a watercourse for the overflowing of waters, or a way for the lightning of thunder; To cause it to rain on the earth, where no man is; on the wilderness, wherein there is no man; To satisfy the desolate and waste ground; and to cause the bud of the tender herb to spring forth? Job 38:25-27

God challengeth man to compare with his Maker even in the one matter of the rain. Can he create it? Can he send a shower upon the desert, to water the lone herbs which else would perish in the burning heat? No, he would not even think of doing such a thing. That generous act cometh of the Lord alone.

We shall work out a parallel between grace and rain.

  • We say of rain and of grace, God is the sole Author of it.
  • He devised and prepared the channel by which it comes to earth. He hath “divided a watercourse for the overflowing of waters.” The Lord makes a way for grace to reach his people.
  • He directs each drop, and gives each blade of grass its own drop of dew, to every believer his portion of grace.
  • He moderates the force, so that it does not beat down or drown the tender herb. Grace comes in its own gentle way. Conviction, enlightenment, etc., are sent in due measure.
  • He holds it in his power. Absolutely at his own will does God bestow either rain for the earth, or grace for the soul.

  • Grace waits not man’s observation. As the rain falls where no man is, so grace courts not publicity.
  • Nor his cooperation. It ”tarrieth not for man, nor waiteth for the sons of men” (Mic. 5:7).
  • Nor his prayers. Grass calls not for rain, yet it comes. ”I am found of them that sought me not” (Isa. 65:1).
  • Nor his merits. Rain falls on the waste ground.
  • “Ah, grace, into unlikeliest hearts, It is thy wont to come; The glory of thy light to find; In darkest spots a home.”

  • It falls where there is no trace of former showers, even upon the desolate wilderness: so does grace enter hearts which had hitherto been unblessed, where great need was the only plea which rose to heaven (Isa. 35:7).
  • It falls where there seems nothing to repay the boon. Many hearts are naturally as barren as the desert (Isa. 35:6).
  • It falls where the need seems insatiable, “to satisfy the desolate.” Some cases seem to demand an ocean of grace, but the Lord meets the need; and his grace falls where the joy and glory are all directed to God by grateful hearts. Twice we are told that the rain falls “where no man is.” When conversion is wrought of the Lord, no man is seen. The Lord alone is exalted.

  • The rain gives joy to seeds and plants in which there is life. Budding life knows of it; the tenderest herb rejoices in it. So is it with those who begin to repent, who feebly believe, and thus are just alive.
  • The rain causes development. Grace also perfects grace. Buds of hope grow into strong faith. Buds of feeling expand into love. Buds of desire rise to resolve. Buds of confession come to open avowal. Buds of usefulness swell into fruit.
  • The rain causes health and vigour of life. Is it not so with grace?
  • The rain creates the flower with its colour and perfume, and God is pleased. The full outgrowth of renewed nature cometh of grace, and the Lord is well pleased therewith.
  • Let us acknowledge the sovereignty of God as to grace.
  • Let us cry to him for grace.
  • Let us expect him to send it, though we may feel sadly barren, and quite out of the way of the usual means of grace.

~ Charles Spurgeon 

The beginning of the interaction with the woman from the well is a fascinating one. There are intricacies of Grace that speak volumes to the way I should approach others thirsting for it. 

*Side note: I realize there are many doctrines that can be exposed from this passage. The following view of the John 4:7-15 passage is done simply by looking through the lens of Grace... as with everything else at graceguy.org. 

v7. A woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” 8. (For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.) 

- These are Christ's first words to her
- He is proactive in establishing contact
- He joins her in what she is doing
- He talks to her even if there are a million reasons not to

v9. The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.) 

- The woman reacts normally (see why here)
- She questions the interaction, the request itself
- She brings up the obvious racial and gender differences between the two

v10. Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” 

- Jesus goes beyond the physical question and answers a spiritual question she did not ask
- He looks to her spiritual needs, not her physical ones
- He immediately begins by describing ... Grace!
-- As a gift from God
-- As himself being the provider of this great gift
-- As something that is readily given following a simple, honest request

- It's amazing to me that the Creator of the universe, the Sacrificial lamb, the three-times Holy God doesn't start with critical judgements, sin, hell, but starts with Grace.

v11. The woman said to him, “Sir, you have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? 12. Are you greater than our father Jacob? He gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and his livestock.” 

- The physical and the spiritual clash in her mind 
-- She hears living water but does not see anything physical to draw it with
-- She takes the spiritual gift of living water and compares it to the physical well given by Jacob
- She questions Christ's credibility by comparing His worth to Jacob, the patriarch
- She doesn't understand Christ's initial description of Grace

v13. Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, 14. but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” 

- He is patient with her and listens to her questions
- He doesn't interrupt or belittle her
- He doesn't go into heavy doctrines or theology
- He acknowledges that she is struggling with the physical and spiritual differences
- He repeats and completes the description of Grace (again, forgoing judgement)
-- He is the giver of this gift
-- The gift is different from everything else that exists
-- The gift is all-satisfying
-- The gift transforms from within
-- The gift brings eternal life
-- Accepting the gift once means one never has to ask for it again

- He vulgarises what living water means to her
- He personalises the message to how it could meet her precise need

v15. The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.” 

- She realises the need for such a gift
- She still believes that it is something physical and not spiritual

Oh that I should have the wisdom in my witnessing to start with Grace and to listen patiently to their needs.

In the following part of this amazing interaction, Jesus, full of Grace and Truth, considers the sin in her life.
"God hath not promised skies always blue, flower strewn paths all our lives thru. God hath not promised sun without rain, joy without sorrow, peace without pain. But God hath promised strength for the day, rest for the labor, light for the way, grace for the trials, help from above, unfailing sympathy, undying love."
- Hymn

In the last years, my family has gone through an intense trial that ultimately became the reason I started this study on Grace.

I had the opportunity to experience Grace from others during these hardships and take a good look at my typical reactions when others were having a hard time.

On my end:
- I did not learn Graceful compassion, even though I grew up in the faith
- I think that saying 'I'll pray for you' is enough
- I don't persevere in helping
- I think it's because they did something or because they lack faith
- I preach them what I think God is telling them
- I think that caring too much will inconvenience them
- I don't think of their needs
- I suggest 'obvious-to-me' solutions

What I liked seeing in others 
- When they just (shut up and) listened
- When they knew we couldn't supply to our needs and put themselves in our shoes, without us saying anything
- When they didn't judge
- When they didn't offer 'solutions'
- When they persevered ... even at a high cost

Grace, it's in others' examples
Today, I promise to love
To give you my mind and to love yours
To give you my heart and to love yours
To give you my words and to love yours
To give you my eyes and to love yours
To give you my body and to love yours
Forever, I give you my love and to you only

Today, I promise to live
To give you my gratefulness and to live yours
To give you my feelings and to live yours
To give you my dreams and to live yours
To give you my laughter and to live yours
To give you my joy and to live yours
To give you my tears and and to live yours
To give you my hurts and to live yours
To give you my fears and to live yours
To give you my humility and to live yours
To give you my support and to live yours
Forever, I promise to give you my life and to you only

Today, I promise to grace 
To give you my past and to grace yours
To give you my present and to grace yours
To give you my future and to grace yours
Forever, I promise to give you my grace and to you only

To give my 'Thank yous' when sharing these promises
To give you my 'I love yous' when living these promises
To give you my 'I'm sorrys' when I break these promises 

Today, I promise all these things through Him
To give Him all of me and to offer Him all of you
From His first breath in my morning to the last one at night
From this breath He gives me to my final one
To love you through Him
To live you through Him
To grace you through Him.

- Grace Guy
Dare to be patient when you want to explode
Dare to do good when you want to hurt
Dare to listen when you want to interrupt
Dare to ask questions when you think you have all the answers
Dare to love when you find nothing lovable
Dare to support when you don't understand
Dare to choose what will hurt your ego to please the other
Dare to ask when you think the other should know
Dare to correct with love when you want to buy peace
Dare to speak with love when you want to criticize
Dare to humiliate yourself to elevate the other
Dare to confess your mistakes when shame would hide them
Dare to find solutions together when you want to complain
Dare to assume good intentions when bad ones seem obvious
Dare to encourage when you want to leave
Dare to stay faithful when your needs aren't met and your desires look elsewhere
Dare to stay silent when you have the perfect line to win the argument, lay blame, give guilt and cause hurt
Dare to forgive when the unforgivable is done to you
Dare to forgive when the other has not asked for forgiveness
Dare to do everything you don't feel like doing to put God's will and the other's needs before your own
Dare to find joy in the struggles and peace in the storms
Dare to persevere when you're at the end

Dare to love
Dare to grace

- Grace Guy

Ose être patient quand tu veux exploser
Ose être bon quand tu veux juste être méchant
Ose écouter quand tu veux interrompre et parler
Ose poser des questions quand tu penses avoir toutes les réponses
Ose aimer les jours où tu ne trouves rien d’aimable chez l’autre
Ose supporter quand tu ne comprends pas
Ose choisir ce qui est difficile pour l’égo mais qui fera plaisir à l’autre
Ose demander quand tu penses que l’autre devrait le savoir
Ose reprendre avec amour quand tu préfères acheter la paix
Ose t’humilier pour élever l’autre
Ose suggérer avec amour quand tu veux critiquer
Ose confesser tes erreurs quand la honte préfère les garder cachées
Ose trouver des solutions ensemble quand tu veux te plaindre
Ose assumer les meilleures intentions de l’autre quand ces mauvaises intentions te semblent évidentes
Ose l’encourager quand tu veux l’abaisser
Ose rester fidèle quand tes désirs se portent ailleurs
Ose retenir ta langue quand tu as la parfaite phrase pour descendre l’autre, le faire sentir coupable et gagner l’argument
Ose pardonner quand l’autre t’as blessé profondément et quand ca te semble impossible de le faire
Encore plus, Ose pardonner et oublier les fautes de l’autre avant même que l’autre ne te demande pardon
Ose faire grâce quand tout ce que tu veux faire c’est de prendre ta revanche et lui rendre la monnaie de la pièce
Osez prier et lire la Parole ensemble quand vous n’avez pas le temps
Osez mettre Dieu en premier quand la vie vous offre beaucoup d’autres priorités
Osez ne jamais vous coucher sans que tout soit résolu entre vous
Osez servir Christ ensemble quand l’envie n’y est pas
Osez trouver votre joie en Lui quand les toutes vos circonstances sont difficiles et incompréhensibles
Osez persévérer quand tout semble s’écrouler autour de vous
Et par-dessus tout : Osez vous répéter plus que n’importe quoi d’autre: Je t’aime, je t'aime, je t'aime

If I learn to see Grace in the mirror, then the natural next step is to see Grace in others. It is hard for me to see others as God's Grace sees them. I see them as I think I know them, not as God's Grace sees them.

I see their flaws, He sees Grace
I see their imperfections, He sees Grace
I see their failings, He sees Grace
I see their weakness, He sees Grace
I see their vices, He sees Grace
I see their past, He sees Grace

Grace, it's in others' mirrors too.

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