2 Corinthians 9:8
And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work.
Grace is defined as the exercise of love, kindness, or good will; the divine favor toward man; the undeserved kindness or forgiveness of God.
Your child that is struggling may use really mean and hateful words…show grace. Your spouse made a bad choice…show grace. Your child’s teacher or school personnel weren’t very kind in their communication about your child…show grace. Your co-worker talked about you to someone else in a negative manner…show grace. In all ways God wants us to do what He does and continue to over and over show grace. He didn’t say it would be easy. God shows us grace each and every time we mess up.
What if God didn’t show us the ultimate grace, by sending His own son to die for our sins? Where would we be? Can you imagine giving up your own son or daughter to die for everyone here on earth; removing all their sin? I can’t fathom that. What a tremendous sacrifice, the ultimate sacrifice.
I want you to think of your child’s teachers, your child’s Sunday School teachers, your child’s doctors, your child’s therapists, and others that are in your life as a result of trying to help your child. Are you being kind to them? Are you able to forgive and show grace when they mess up? I have had to many times over the years ask for forgiveness when my tone was a little short.
When my husband and I had an IEP meeting to go to we would try and pray before it asking this exact thing: “Please help us be graceful and kind…”. As you wake up each morning before you tackle your day ask God to help you show grace and love. When someone is a little prickly with their words and you are patient and show grace it can feel amazing. God will guide you and carry you if you ask Him for help.
When someone shows you grace be grateful. We never deserve grace, so be grateful. Be more sensitive to others and show them grace. How can you show grace today?