Grace is a learned thing.
No one comes by it naturally. We see it in others, experience it when we’ve stumbled, and are grateful when we receive it.
Yet, it’s harder to practice when it’s our turn to show it.
Merriam-Webster tells us grace is unmerited divine assistance.
Here’s the key word in Webster’s definition. Unmerited.
Webster’s definition for unmerited is not earned and not deserved.
Whoa! That means grace is … free? For everyone? Anytime?
If we can’t earn it, and we don’t deserve it, and yet we receive it anyway … it’s good to be on the receiving end.
How do we learn to give out grace to those around us, people who haven’t earned our assistance and definitely don’t deserve it?
Here are 2 Words of Grace from the Word of God.
Our 1st Word of Grace:
2 Peter 1:5 says our faith in God will lead us to the knowledge of grace.
“For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge.”
Our 2nd Word of Grace:
Job 17:9 tells us to live according to the teachings of the Word.
“Yet the righteous holds to his way, and he who has clean hands grows stronger and stronger.”
Showing grace can be a challenge. It’s only grace when someone doesn’t deserve it. Who can do that?
When we grow to become like Jesus, we can. Let’s model ourselves after Christ starting today.
Jesus is our example, and grace comes through our likeness to him.
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