I heard in a sermon a few weeks ago how we abuse grace and take it for granted. We use it as an excuse to keep sinning and some use it as their reasoning for not fully committing to God. We don’t try to live righteous. We simply accept the fact that we’re imperfect sinners, incapable of doing right. God doesn’t expect us to be perfect so why try right?
Right. Well, kinda.
Let us have confidence, then, and approach God’s throne, where there is grace. There we will receive mercy and find grace to help us just when we need it. (Hebrews 4:16)
God grants us grace constantly but it’s more than just for the selfish way we see it.
Grace is there to transform us.
There was a time when I was mean. While I’m still a little mean, I’m nicer but the point is grace. God’s grace grants you the chance to be better and to make better choices. It’s there so you can change and know that you have enough grace to be stronger and wiser. So when I want to be mean and feel as though I have no other choice, I’m reminded of the fact that God’s grace is sufficient and I can get through that moment.
Grace is there to see us through.
We know life’s hard. When we feel like giving up and throwing in the towel, grace is there to get us to the next moment. The thing is we don’t have to carry our burdens alone and we aren’t expected to. The Holy Spirit is always with us and we can tap into that power. Once you ask God for help, He will do so. You don’t have to give up. God will give you whatever you need in that moment. Even though it may be hard, you can do it.
Grace is there for us to extend it to others.
God grants us grace constantly yet when it comes time to extend it, we are hesitant. God doesn’t give us anything for us to keep to ourselves. We are blessed so that we may be a blessing to others. Grace is power. Grace is strength. Grace is patience. Grace is the thing you need in every difficult and confusing moment and you always have enough of it. God doesn’t place us in predicaments without the grace to carry us. I am quicker to forgive and pay more attention to how my actions can affect others, how I can be a better friend and be more gracious through my words and actions. Because I’ve seen how God has been gracious to me, I can look more like Him by doing the same for others.
Grace is there to help us meet a need. What do you need? What do the people around you need? How can you help meet that need? As grace flows to you, let it flow through you and out of you.
As always, take what you need and leave the rest.
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