Show Grace

8:12:00 PM

Is there someone in your life that embodies grace for you? When you think of that person you think: He's just so gracious. I know I can think of people in my life who are like that. And that graciousness just pulls you to that person.

 Those people have learned a very amazing lesson in life that many people often forget: that relying on people will often leave you disappointed. Believe it or not, no one is perfect (shocking right?) so no one will be able to meet up fully with your expectations. But those who have learned this lesson aren't trying to fix anyone else, they just accept you as you are. And that's why I think I'm drawn to them.

Isn't that what God does for us? He tells us to come to Him as we are. We don't have to do anything to earn His favor or gain His forgiveness. And that's the beauty of grace.
Grace - the free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessing.
God put the punishment for our sins on Jesus when He went to the cross. Grace is a free gift.
"And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness." (2 Cor. 12:9a KJV)
God shows us His grace in more than just the forgiveness of sins though. He shows grace to us in everyday situations - have you ever had something happen and you just thought "I know that was You, God"? I know I have.

Naturally, since we have received this grace from God, we should be eager to share it to others. But how can we do that?
"With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love." (Eph. 4:2 KJV)
Sometimes it's hard for us to accept other people. We're always trying to "fix" them or get them to do what we want them to do. But, at the root of it, that is selfish. When we see others' flaws (and our own for that matter), we should remember that no one is perfect and that (if you're a Christian) God is always working on our downfalls. What does grace look like then?

Grace sees a beautiful child of God where selfishness only sees mistakes.
Grace looks beyond the external and tries to understand the internal.
Grace doesn't blame or point fingers, instead it forgives.
Grace attempts to meet people where they are.
God's grace sees His children as perfect, holy, and blameless before Him.

Aren't you so glad that when God sees you, He doesn't see all your offenses against Him?
So, let's learn to look at people that way. Not blindly ignoring their flaws, but remembering that God is working in their lives as well as ours.

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