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?