Grace is a word that, at once, has several meanings. Grace describes the fine form and smooth style of a beautiful ballerina. Grace is the outward observance of tender-hearted thankfulness in the form of a personal prayer. Grace also means cultivating consideration and minding manners.
GRACE has been defined as God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense, explaining what it cost God to offer the world salvation. Many Christians have been taught that grace is the unmerited favour of God. There is much more to it than that.Think of grace as God’s divine influence. This may better explain how, as Jesus grew in spiritual strength and wisdom, the grace of God was upon Him. (Luke 2:40) This same grace also empowers and enables us to be His mirror image. It is easy to love those who love us and are in agreement with us. It’s often very difficult to extend grace to those who are contentious. It’s simply not human nature. Yet God’s grace enables us to love friends and enemies alike.
Jesus commands us in Matthew 5:44, to “love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them that despitefully use you, and persecute you.” He would not command it if it were not possible.
GRACE is Genuine Relief And Compassion Enacted Who amongst us does not need grace extended when we stumble and fail? According to the gift that is God’s grace, we are enabled to activate that same grace in the lives of others. We are called to be mercy containers and grace dispensers; light in a dark world, reflecting His image.
The simple truth is this: God is love and grace is the outpouring ofHis love. Grace mirrors the image of God, whose love is withoutpartiality.
- Are compassionate in another’s failings
- Are kind-hearted and forgiving of one another
- Bless others and expect nothing in return
- Do not judge the motives of others
- Live out the words: Be Love To Others
- Look for the best and the beautiful in others
- Offer peace by extending the olive branch
- Return evil with kindness
- Speak the truth in love
We are mirrors of God’s consistent grace, personifying His image. Is this how others experience you?