Grace is defined in Webster’s Dictionary as an act of kindness, courtesy, or clemency. That’s a pretty succinct and complete definition. It covers the dynamics of the type of grace that we can extend to others. Of course, grace from God goes a whole lot deeper I’ve heard someone define grace from God as being given what we haven’t earned. Isn’t that the coolest thing about our God, His giving us His unconditional love despite our being undeserving?
For now, I want to explore the importance in the grace that we show to each other. We have all experienced guilt, and I’m sure that each of us has probably had the unfortunate experience of not receiving forgiveness. Isn’t it the most terrible feeling? It’s even worse when that forgiveness we desire most comes from ourselves. Ultimately, because we have no control over other people’s decisions, forgiving yourself is the most important step toward overcoming guilt. However, anyone who has ever been shown grace knows how much more fulfilling it is when you know that your trespasses have been forgiven. It seems to carry a little more weight because it moves beyond yourself and becomes a shared experience. It strengthens and grows all those involved both individually and collectively.
Action Steps for Learning To Show It:
- Forgive – This is the most important aspect of grace. Forgive in love! We know that forgiveness is just as much about personal healing as it is reparation of a relationship. Remember your own feelings of guilt when dealing with others and be quick to forgive.
- Serve – Learn to look for the ways in which you can help others. We all have needs but don’t be afraid to look for the ways that you can really impact someone else’s life.
- Speak life – Yes, I stole this from one Mr. Toby Mac, but there is a profound truth in knowing how your words can affect others. Show grace in your communication and “speak hope, speak love, and speak life!”
- Show gratitude – Operating in gratitude means being gracious. No-brainer, right? Go out of your way to show thanks and appreciation to others. Respond to grace with grace.
- Turn the other cheek – This is most definitely the hardest one, but grace can sometimes have the biggest impact when it is undeserved. Maintaining a graceful spirit is one of the best ways to overcome conflict!
In your service,