Extending God’s Grace
We are all familiar with the meaning of grace: unmerited favor; to get something that we don’t deserve. And as Christians, we know that we have been saved by grace alone, and that we are no longer under law but under grace. Everything that God gives is ours only because of His grace. And His grace is always more than enough for us. WE LIVE THIS OUT: We are all recipients of God’s grace.
Here’s the shocker for many—we are also givers of God’s grace.
Andy Stanley wrote in his book “The Grace of God” that grace is what we crave for when our guilt is exposed. But it’s also the very thing we are hesitant to extend when we’re confronted with the guilt of others.
“When we are on the receiving end, grace is refreshing. When it is required of us, it is often disturbing. But when correctly applied, it seems to solve just about everything.”
Isn’t this so true? To give grace to others can be difficult, especially when we have been wronged, or the person is unrepentant, or unreasonable, or the relationship has been broken. And yet , that’s what God has given us first, and Jesus is someone who always extends grace to people he met. We know what it means to be recipients of God’s grace, and how that has brought peace to our lives… And now we are asked to extend the same.
Reflect On This:
How would your relationships change if you can give grace to others, freely and generously, just as God has given grace to you?
Take This To Heart:
“Grace be to you and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.” (2 Corinthians 1:2)