Grace is one of those gifts of God that has a tendency to multiple itself when one truly understands the depths to which they have been given it. God loves to grace His children. Grace means “God’s favor”. Did you know that God wants us to realize we have His favor so much that He mentions it 213 times in the New Testament!
God’s grace has a name, too-“Jesus”. Have you ever realized that focusing on your own inadequacies makes little of the Cross. Imagine if a friend came over to your house on your birthday excited for you to open up a present she bought for you. Imagine if you refused to open the gift. That is exactly what we do to God when we refuse to accept His forgiveness and His daily offering of grace. We essentially play God, acting as if we know better than God, saying, “No, your gift is not necessary” or, “You don’t know how bad I am Lord, I don’t deserve what you think I deserve”. It sounds prideful when put this way, doesn’t it? That is exactly what we are doing when we refuse to accept God’s forgiveness and His free gift of grace. God wants to remind us this is a form of pride. And we are told that God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble (James 4:6).
We need to stop looking at our own inadequacies and look instead to the grace of God. When God promises something, I want to believe it and live in the victory of claiming it as mine! I want to live in such a way that says, “God, your grace was not given in vain!”.
Grace calls us to get up, throw off our blanket of hopelessness, and move on through life in faith. If you understand grace, you will never turn away from the blessings of God because you feel like you don’t deserve it. You will know that grace covers all your failures and all of your sin.
What might happen when we accept the gift of God’s grace? We will want to pass it on! Our hearts will be so transformed by the undeserving gift we have received that we will want others to receive it too. When we feel graced, we will grace others!
Recently I was hurt by a family member. I processed my feelings, felt them, and asked God to use the incident to glorify Him. He then spoke to my heart. He told me to remember how I have been graced by Him. He told me to extend grace to this family member. So I tried it. I didn’t retaliate. I didn’t hold a resentment. God gave me peace. I don’t know what happened on her side (did she feel badly for hurting me?) but that wasn’t what God wanted me to focus on. God gave me His favor-GRACE-by giving me peace for gracing her. The world will look at us and wonder why we are extending grace when it would be more natural to hold a grudge. That’s when we can point directly to the cross! That’s when God will use our transformed hearts to show off His glory!