G is for Grace

Grace. Favor or good­will; unmer­ited mercy; clemency; pardon.

We all want it given to us. But we’re not so quick to extend it to others, are we?

So what is this grace glue in the quote? I believe it’s a choice to live a life that:

speaks with com­pas­sion with words from the heart.
reveres life and holds it sacred.
extends com­pas­sion and empathy to every other living thing.
accepts the weak­nesses of others and offers strength.
for­gives others knowing that no one is perfect.

It’s only by grace of God’s love for me that I can love others…even those that seem unlov­able.
It’s only by God’s accep­tance of my weak­nesses that I’m able to accept others…even though I may not under­stand their weak­ness.
It’s only by God’s for­give­ness that I’m able to for­give others…even though they’ve severely hurt me or made me mad in some way. Yes, even family members!

Grace is the glue that mends our brokenness…both in rela­tion­ships with our Maker and with each other. Without it we are nothing but resentful, unfor­giving, judg­mental creatures.

A few years ago, our church spon­sored an inde­pen­dent film at a local film fes­tival called Enemies of the People.  and was, without a doubt, the most pow­erful tes­ta­ment to living a life of grace I’ve ever seen. Please read it HERE.

It’s the Chris­tian season of Lent, the 40 days before we cel­e­brate the most famous dis­play of grace ever seen in this world—Easter. After all, no matter what degree of bad­ness, we’re all sin­ners before a holy, per­fect God. But it’s through His grace and mercy that all our rela­tion­ships can be repaired and restored.

Do you *get* grace?

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10 Comments

  1. I always loved the words — “There but for the Grace of God go I” Carver, ABC Wednesday Team

  2. I always loved the words “There but for the Grace of God go I” Carver, ABC Wednesday Team

  3. I’m so grateful for God’s grace. Thank you for this post for Lent.

  4. Probably some­thing under­stood better by heart than by head!

  5. Grace is def­i­nitely NOT a head thing, to work.
    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

  6. Grace is the glue that mends our brokenness…both in rela­tion­ships with our Maker and with each other. Without it we are nothing but resentful, unfor­giving, judg­mental creatures.-beautifully stated and so true.

  7. I do GET it…there but for the GRACE of GOD etc.

    Leslie
    abcw team

  8. Such a won­derful reminder at a spe­cial time of year. Love the quote!

  9. The meaning of my name is gra­cious, but my name is Jeannette:) Glad to meet you Grace!

  10. Such a beau­tiful post for a very, very spe­cial time of year.
    Sending you wishes for a won­derful week ahead dear Friend.
    xo.

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