My theme for this year’s A to Z Challenge is faith and encouragement from a Christian point of view. I hope that you can look back on these posts when you are in need of some encouragement and that these posts will be helpful for you. I address these posts to myself as well.
What is the definition of grace? According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary
“Definition of grace
(Entry 1 of 2)
1a: unmerited divine assistance given to humans for their regeneration or sanctification
b: a virtue coming from God
c: a state of sanctification enjoyed through divine assistance
c: a special favor : PRIVILEGEeach in his place, by right, not grace, shall rule his heritage— Rudyard Kipling
d: disposition to or an act or instance of kindness, courtesy, or clemency
e: a temporary exemption : REPRIEVE
3a: a charming or attractive trait or characteristicAmong disagreeable qualities he possessed the saving grace of humor.
b: a pleasing appearance or effect : CHARMall the grace of youth— John Buchan
c: ease and suppleness (see SUPPLE ENTRY 1 SENSE 2B) of movement or bearing danced with such grace”
God has given us all such grace. He loved us all while we were in the darkest place deep in sin. He gave his only begotten son to take our place and take on the punishment that should fall upon us. This has given us the gift of eternal life and all we have to do is believe it. Wait, this is not all! He continues to provide for every need we have every single day.
We should show grace to others
We have been forgiven for all the bad things we have done. We should be willing to forgive others that cause us harm. We should not become angry so quickly and we should learn to let things go.
We should show grace to ourselves
It is easy for most of us to be the hardest on ourselves. Perfection does not exist here on earth. We must be willing to get up when we fall because God is there to help us all along the way.
Some extra thoughts
Remember live life with grace. Remember, take the grace God has given to you and pass it on to others.