Larry and I are taking part in a bible study at our church based on the movie War Room. (If you haven’t seen the movie, I highly recommend it!) During our class last night, one of the questions was whether anyone had ever treated me with grace. That really got me thinking.
Grace is a pretty cool thing. In its highest form, it is God pouring out His love and mercy on us even though we don’t deserve it. Despite the fact that I deserve punishment, He loves me enough to offer grace, forgiveness, and even eternal life through His Son Jesus. That is…well, amazing.
But it’s also cool when His children are able to offer grace as well, because they’ve received it. There are many people in my life I think of as gracious and grace-filled, and I am thankful for the grace I have received at their hands.
Grace when I make mistakes.
Grace when I let them down.
Grace when I fail or flub or flounder.
Grace is one of those things that we are blessed to receive from God as Christians, but it is something that we receive in part so we can pass it on. If I have been forgiven even though I don’t deserve it, how can I hold things against others?
Today, I have been praying that I will become more grace-filled in my encounters with others, that I will reflect this important characteristic of Christ.
1 Peter 4:10 says “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.”