Let Your Graciousness Be Known: Beth Moore and Rachel Held Evans

Graciousness Beth Moore Rachel Held Evans“Let your graciousness be known to everyone.” – Philippians 4:5

I reflected on that verse this morning in my devotions. The CSB Study Bible note reads:

Graciousness implies selflessness and respect for others (cp. 2:1–4). Seldom mentioned in Paul’s writings, graciousness is expected of believers and Christian leaders (cp. 1Tm 3:3; Ti 3:2). Be known indicates it is part of the church’s reputation.

Those words convict and challenge me. I’m selfish by nature. I cut my theological teeth in a Christian context in which pastors scored cheap points with unreasonable characterizations. Withholding graciousness is a hard habit to break.

It’s helpful to remember that our selflessness and respect for others—whether that’s in public action or in private conversations—is an indicator of integrity and conformity to Christ. The words and actions of Christians in response to COVID-19 or a disappointment with our neighbor betray our character. When we always have to add a jab, frustration, or critique, we reveal how little we love.

An Illustration from Beth Moore

Today is the first anniversary of the death of Rachel Held Evans. From the little I knew of Rachel, she and I would be on opposite sides of many issues. Nevertheless, the public response of some “Christians” to her death grieved me.

Social media is not always a shining example of “graciousness.” But to my surprise, the first thing I saw on Twitter this morning was just that. Beth Moore shared a moving thread on the strange relationship between her and Rachel. I’m posting the full text here as an excellent example of how we might relate to those with whom we disagree.

Thanks, Beth, for modeling graciousness.

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