The thing about grace is that everyone thinks grace is a great thing until they themselves are faced with a situation where grace is needed to be extended.
What is grace, you ask? Grace is simply that gift that is freely given but totally undeserving. Grace is receiving what you do not deserve and not getting what you do deserve.
When it comes to our relationships with others; grace is a choice. When faced with opposition or difficulty in our relationships, we have two options: offer grace or judge harshly.
Grace has nothing to do with the other person, but everything to do with us and the condition of our heart.
"Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need." (Hebrews 4:16)
Choosing to extend grace never excuses bad behavior or sin, however, what it does do is look past the sin and see Jesus.
Isn't that what God did for you and me?
While everyone else saw a greedy taxpayer, Jesus saw someone who could bring order to a corrupt system. When everyone else saw a adulterous woman, Jesus saw someone who could evangelize a city. And while everyone else saw you and me full of our sin and shame, Jesus saw an anointed, cherished son or daughter of the King!
Grace chose us! Now, try choosing grace for others.
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