Grace, grace, God’s grace…
Grace is often defined as something we don’t deserve. It’s one of the many gifts from God that we don’t deserve, yet He showers it upon us. We receive grace everyday. There’s grace when we forget to do something really important. There’s grace when we have wronged someone. Ultimately, there’s grace when we have sinned against the Lord.
He gives us grace upon grace. We are said to be made in God’s image, meaning we have characteristics that reflect Him such as His love, beauty, and more. If God gives us grace, we should bestow grace to others. People have wronged us, disappointed us, upset us and it’s hard to move past that. It’s difficult to be able to move on and be okay.We should give grace just like we are forgiving others. There has been times in my life where I hate another person for what they have, or what I once had. It’s rough. I don’t want to feel this way towards another person, especially if they’re within the household of God. That isn’t right. It’s not unity. Having a hard heart towards others allows you to harvest that bitterness your soul doesn’t need. A hard heart brings more hurt than you can handle.
That girl you hate for no reason? The boy who broke your heart? Take a step back and breathe. Give them grace. You may not what they have done, but showing them grace means that you care for their soul. Give them something they don’t deserve the way God gives us His grace to be free from the bondage of sin. We need grace in order to survive this cruel world. Being full of grace doesn’t mean you are soft. Overflowing with grace means that your strength comes from the Lord and His love. To know His love is to know His grace and what it has done for our hearts. Grace is humbling. Giving grace brings us peace. Peace gives us joy. Being full of grace is a never ending product of goodness.
Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled; (Hebrews 12:14-15)
Live in a state of grace. Life is too short to be living bitter and hurt. Now don’t give out grace like Oprah Winfrey wanted to give out cars. It’s not instantaneous. It is a process that involves a lot of soul searching. I’ve bestowed grace upon a season of my life, allowing peace to flood my mind and soul. There’s someone I used to love with all my heart in a romantic way and in a platonic way. The romance ended and the friendship is rekindling because of the grace I have given not only to him but to myself as well. Grace brings peace and joy and all things good for a lifetime.