Giving Grace Generously
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
It’s so easy to blame. I do it all the time. It’s easy to blame because then we don’t have to examine ourselves, just blame others. I, however, want to be the type of person that does not blame. Even when things go wrong, I want to be the type of person that gives grace. I LOVE grace given to me, especially when I am so undeserving of the grace given.
I remember a time when I worked and I sent out a job for print and I did not catch a HUGE mistake. When I say HUGE, I mean HUGE and it cost my company a few thousand dollars. I was so terrified that I was going to be in trouble, fired or scolded for my lack of detail concerning the job, but my boss gave me grace. My boss said, “We all make mistakes all the time; this time it cost us money, but that doesn't change the fact that we all make mistakes.” I walked away that day feeling the effects of grace and how wonderful it is. My boss didn't blame me, even though I was guilty; she did not make me feel stupid or irresponsible, even though I was.
God’s grace is so much greater. God loves when I am unlovable. God gives grace even when I am not even noticing or appreciative. God’s grace has given me eternal life. Talk about the gift that keeps on giving! That is exactly what God’s grace does; it keeps on giving.
Today, choose to give grace. Start catching yourself when you start to blame and make a conscious effort to give grace instead of judgment.