Receiving And Giving Grace
Grace is an essential ingredient in our lives, but unfortunately, one that our society does not give readily.
Have you ever made a mistake that you tremendously regret but no one seems to let you forget about it? I mean, they just hold it over your head. You can’t go anywhere without someone mentioning it. After a while it really starts to eat away at you. You find yourself avoiding certain people or not going to certain venues.
This is a life without grace, and sometimes, we aren’t the ones who get to choose whether or not we will get grace from others. Fortunately, our God is a God of grace. 1 Peter 5:10 tells us, “And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.”
Grace is an essential ingredient in our lives, but unfortunately, one that our society does not give readily. Our world is one that promotes earning and paying back. While we do earn and pay back our debts, there are some debts that can’t be repaid. Jesus showed us that when He bore our sins. This was a debt that could never be repaid. His grace was enough. His sacrifice was enough. Through Jesus’ grace we are saved (Ephesians 2:8-9).
I believe it is important to remember the mistakes we’ve made – not to beat ourselves up over them – but to remember the grace we needed to receive during that time. God continually showers us with His grace. Remember, we will suffer through this life, but God will “perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish” us. As we receive God’s grace we are able to give grace. And grace is essential for all of us. Wherever you go, give the grace that God so abundantly gives to you.