...bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.
// Colossians 3:13 [ESV]
God calls His children to be generous in many ways. I believe one aspect that can be overlooked is giving grace. In fact, I think this can be one of the toughest areas because it shows a lot about our character and personal walk with Christ.
We must first be aware of just how much grace God extends to us daily! When we look at the life of Jesus, we can not skip over the fact that He extended grace and compassion to those that never accepted Him. It was so ingrained in His character that He gave without expecting anything in return. He was full of the love, grace and compassion that His Father gave Him.
We are called to extend as much grace as we've received. I remember experiencing this years ago with one of my best friends. He said some words to me that cut deep. I spoke with my father about it and he reminded me, “you are capable of doing the same exact thing”. I had to first remember my own sin and faults, and rest in the grace God had given me. I was then able to extend that grace to my friend. Years later, I ended up doing something that hurt him, and the first words out of his mouth were, “I am so aware of how much grace God gives me, and I must extend it to you! I also remember years ago when you extended grace to me and it allowed Christ to heal me and teach me”.
That is the thing about grace – we must remember that it not only covers sin, but it also teaches and empowers us. In the sanctification process of looking more Christlike, grace is the substance that teaches and guides! I would encourage you to look at bible passages such as: Ephesians 4:32 and Colossians 4:6. Grace and compassion are key characteristics of our Heavenly Father, which when we receive we should give and reflect His nature.
Today, rest and remember just how gracious He is to you. Give generously.
// L.J. Slan