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I have been thinking about grace quite a bit the last few days. It can be casually defined as “unmerited favor.” We all like to be the recipients of grace as in:

  • If we are late on a mortgage payment, we receive grace – no late fee, no damage done to our credit rating, just make the payment.
  • We miss the date to turn in our term paper. We are permitted to turn it in late with minimal points taken off on our grade.
  • We get pulled over for speeding. The officer just checks all our documents and gives a talking to about staying within the speed limits.
  • We hurt another person’s feelings and they choose to overlook it, offering forgiveness and excusing it.

But lately my thoughts are turning to the concept of offering grace to others – being the grace giver. This can often be a little more challenging. This thought process began with a few Scriptures.

Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”
(Ephesians 4:1-3, NASB)

Paul, even while in prison, begs us to walk in a way which is honoring of Christ. He even lists some of the qualities which should be evident and at work in our lives – humility, gentleness, patience, love, and peace.

In another book, Paul writes of his prayers for the people so that they would be filled with all that is needed “so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord” (Colossians 1:10, NASB).

We respond to others as we recognize and understand the gift of grace upon our own lives. What are we to remember about this gift of grace so that we are then better able to be people who offer grace to others?

  1. Remember the grace that has been received.
  2. Remember the grace still needed each day.
  3. Remember other people are in need of that same grace.
  4. Remember to ask God to fill our hearts with His grace.

Probably the area where we are in need of grace is in the words we speak to one another. Are we kind? Encouraging? Sincere? Gentle? Compassionate? Truthful? Loving?

Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.”
(Proverbs 18:21, NASB)

What you say can preserve life or destroy it; so you must accept the consequences of your words.(GNT)

Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit – you choose.” (MSG)

Our words have power,
and the choice of words is ours alone.
May our words always be seasoned with grace!

Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.” (Colossians 4:6, NASB)

**After writing the post, Rick Warren shared this song on Twitter. It is both beautiful and powerful. May it bless someone as much as it has blessed me.


The sharing of our wounds can be places which bring healing, both to ourselves and others. In her post, “Making Peace with May Memories” (HERE), Donna Bucher shares in a transparent, vulnerable, and honoring manner. “Perhaps, like Jesus, the scars we carry into eternity will not only tell a story of pain once experienced, but the story of a redemptive Love which made every wounded place new again.” You will be greatly encouraged and blessed by her words.


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