The past month has been a journey in trying to understand why God would want to love us so deeply. Why would He lavish grace upon us. How do we go from understanding and experiencing grace, to living in it daily, to living out the impact that grace has on our life?
What would your ministry look like if it was marked by grace?
How would your husband, children and friends be impacted by that Grace.
What level of authentic love and grace would you bring to those in your circle of influence. Are we everyday looking for ways to live out grace?
This has been a challenge for me to live out. God reminds us of how perfectly he extends grace to us. I am just not able to do it as well.
- First, I hold grudges.
- Second, I make excuses.
- Then I can be resentful.
- Lastly, 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.
“ Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. “ I Peter 4:10
“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.” II Corinthians 8:7
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 and be quick to listen. Also we can be soft in our answer and intentional in our choices towards others.
Intentional and Sought After
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 and sought after. We should desire to live out His ways each day rather than responding the way we’d like. So ask this question. “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 His grace.
Therefore, 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. So, dig deeper and plead with the Lord to help you each day in your interactions and relationships. The impact that grace has on our life comes only from God freely pouring into your life daily. Are you ready?