For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God
(Ephesians 2:8, nkjv)
Grace, more commonly known as, the unmerited favor of God-this is how we’ve received His salvation-by nothing we have done and nothing we can do will ever be able to undo the work that Jesus has done for us on the cross
We love grace!
We love the freedom and the innumerable chances it grants us to be in right standing with God
Grace which affords us the liberty to enter into our God’s gates with thanksgiving and into His courts boasting His praises
Grace is beautiful!
God’s grace is bountiful and boundless
Grace this powerful should not be a one way street, nor hoarded as if there is not enough to go around
As we freely receive this grace that we constantly do nothing to earn, what about freely giving this great grace to another in return?
Surely we can think of someone we may have misunderstood or mistakenly walked past in offense-perhaps there’s someone who legitimately did you wrong
But let’s consider grace, the big picture, are they not worthy of receipt, just like you?
Don’t hold grace hostage- in this case, don’t withhold the grace that you feel another person may not deserve-the grace you give may be as freeing as salvation
Of course the grace we give could never compare to what Jesus did for us on the cross; the grace we have looks completely different
Our grace may look like, an “I am sorry,”
“I was wrong,”
Or telling someone, “There’s value in you!”
Grace may even manifest in a long overdue hug.
It’s not always easy, perhaps you’ll need to start with asking God to help you put grace in action even if it takes baby steps