How do we go from understanding and experiencing grace, to living in it daily, to living out the impact that grace has had on our own life?
What would your ministry look like if it was marked by grace? What level of authentic love and grace would your husband, children, friends, and those in your influence experience if everyday you were looking for ways to live out grace?
This has been a challenge for me to live out, for the very fact that when I am reminded of how perfectly our Father extends grace to me. I am just not able to do it as well. I hold grudges. I make excuses. I can be resentful. I love selfishly. How can I extend grace when I live selfishly? And there is it…I can’t.
Grace is so much more about the other person. We cannot live it out to the same perfection that our Father does. But that does not let us off the hook. Over and over we are admonished to show this grace to others.
I 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. “
II Corinthians 8:7 reads, “But just as you excel in everything–in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us–see that you also excel in this grace of giving.”
I believe we can live by grace and weave it into our everyday lives. With the strength of the Holy Spirit guiding our every word and action, we can be a blessing to others! We can speak words of patience, delay our response, be quick to listen, soft in our answer, intentional in our choices towards others.
When it gets hard and you are tempted to respond to others in your flesh, remember that grace is from above. It is something that must be intentionally sought after, asking for His ways to be lived out each day rather then responding the way we’d like. Which requires one to ask, “Are you asking each day for your portion of grace so that you can overflow and show it to others?” Are you being filled or running on fumes, making decisions out of exhaustion? We cannot expect to deal well with others if we are not being fully consumed by the originator of this grace.
Take some time this week and search your heart with the Spirit’s guidance. Ask Him to show you how well you are doing with living out the same grace you have been shown. Don’t run the other way if things get uncomfortable. Dig deeper and plead with the Lord to help you each day in your interactions and relationships to be able to show grace better then the day before.