We come to the letter “G” in our Alphabet of Faith series. Someone suggested that “G” stand for grace. I couldn’t agree more! You would be hard pressed to find a word that better expresses how God relates to us.
“G” is for Grace!
The word “grace” must be one of God’s favorite words, appearing about 120 times in the Bible. It’s a popular word among people too, that’s why Amazing Grace is one of the most beloved hymns of all time.
To offer someone grace is to extend undeserved favor. That’s what God does for us all the time. Because God is full of grace He gives us what we don’t deserve and He doesn’t give us what we do deserve!
Because of His grace He can forgive us. “But where sin increased, grace increased all the more…” (Romans 5:20)
Because of His grace He can use our weakness in powerful ways. “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9) Yes, because of His grace He can use us to accomplish His good in spite of our best efforts.
I find that I need to continually bask in God’s grace. It’s like rain on parched ground.
Grace not only comes down from God to us but it’s to go sideways from us to others. We’re most gracious toward others when we’re most open to God’s grace toward us. God’s rain of grace on us becomes refreshing streams of graciousness toward others.
Practice receiving God’s grace today. Practice being gracious, giving God’s grace away today.