Amazing Grace

Good afternoon my interwebz furriends. I thought we would talk about grace today. Do you know what grace is? Do you show grace to those around you? Do you take into consideration that someone may be having a bad day, they may be sad, or maybe they just need a hug? Or do you take immediate offense to what you perceive as wrong done to you? What if God didn’t show grace?

Webster’s Dictionary defines grace this way… 1) a: unmerited divine assistance given humans for their regeneration or sanctification; b: a virtue coming from God; c: a state of sanctification enjoyed through divine grace. 2) a: approval, favor; b: mercy, pardon; c: a special favor: privilege; d: disposition to or an act or instance of kindness, courtesy, or clemency; e: a temporary exemption: reprieve.

My goodness, by that definition we sure could benefit from grace a lot! I know I need it. I have two playmates that come and play with me often – Lilly and Crimson – and we can be quite rambunctious. We are loud, we run fast, we knock things over, and occasionally we eat things we aren’t supposed to eat. Thankfully, our humans show us grace. They forgive us and continue to love us and care for us. They do not continue to remember everything we have done wrong. If there were no grace, we might not have homes to stay in and people to love us. For Lilly, Crimson, and me, our grace falls into the second half of that definition but what about grace for our human family? Where does that come from?
 
Thankfully for my human family, God IS grace. He is the definition of grace. Without Him there would be grace for no one. God’s grace is sufficient. His shed blood covers every transgression, every sin, every misstep. You must only believe in Him and what He has done for you.
 
Romans 5:1-2 says… Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
 
Ephesians 2:4-9 says… But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ – by grace you have been saved – and raised up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of work, so that no one may boast.
 
Those two passages indicate that even when you were full of sin, God loved you anyways. He chose to show grace and mercy and saved you anyways. Every day you fall short. Every human does – even my human family – because the world is full of sin. When you ask for forgiveness, God shows you mercy and grace. He even shows grace for the big things, just like with the thief on the cross when Jesus was being crucified. If God can show mercy in the face of all those big things, how much more should you be able to show grace through the small things. The spouse that didn’t say thank you for cooking dinner may have been worried about your finances – show him grace. The co-worker that snapped at you first thing this morning may be going through family problems at home – show her grace. The old man in the grocery store that snapped at you and the cashier may be mourning his wife – show him grace. The teenager yelling at you may be getting picked on at school – show her grace. You never know exactly what someone else is going through. No one ever knows exactly what you are going through. Try every day to be more like God and show grace. One act of kindness, one act of mercy, one act of grace may be all one person needs to see Jesus in you.TheAnimalsWithNames