Giving God’s Grace to Others

runnersA cross-country race was held on December 2, 2012, in the Spanish countryside. A Spanish runner, Fernandez Anaya, was in second place behind Olympic medalist Abel Mutal. Apparently the Olympic champion thought that he had already crossed the finish line, and he began to slow down. Anaya came up quickly behind him and could have passed him, but he realized what had happened. He pointed ahead toward the finish line so the Olympic champion could cross the finish line first.

When asked why he had extended grace to him, Anaya said, “He was the rightful winner. He created a gap that I couldn’t have closed if he hadn’t made a mistake. As soon as I saw he was stopping, I knew I wasn’t going to pass him.” Isn’t that a great story? It’s great because it’s about grace.

As you and I live out the stories of our lives, God wants them to be stories about grace. I talk to a lot of people about their troubles — their trouble at work, in a marriage, whatever. Almost always the trouble is caused by people who aren’t showing grace to them. We can’t make other people show grace, but we can be grace givers!

When we grasp God’s grace for ourselves, realizing He’s willing to accept us and forgive us, then we’re in a good place to let that grace overflow into the lives of those around us. Who do we know that needs a little grace extended to them from us today? Grasping God’s grace for ourselves and then giving God’s grace to others is a great way to live because being a gracious person can’t be beat!

“Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for those who are gracious and compassionate and righteous.” (Psalm 112:4)

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