In today's chaotic and stressful world of overwrought emotions and overloaded schedules, we are often encouraged to show each other grace. But what does that really mean? In this article, we explore what grace is, how to show grace, and why it matters.
In the Christian faith, grace is defined as a gift from God. It is His free and unmerited favor given to those who believe in Him. God's grace does not depend on our actions or good character; it is based solely on His desire to give it to us.
The key tenets of grace are kindness, courtesy, goodwill, compassion, acceptance, regard, esteem, approval, and forgiveness.
As believers, we are called to have a disposition of kindness and compassion as we extend the grace we have received from God to each other.
The Bible has a lot to say about how to show grace and how we can share the grace God has given us in our everyday lives.
How to show grace by being kind and compassionate.
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. - Colossians 3:12 NIV
How to show grace by forgiving those who have hurt or offended you.
Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. - Colossians 3:13 NIV
How to show grace by recognizing the value of every person and continually showing love to every believer.
Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers. - 1 Peter 2:17 NIV
How to show grace by using your talents and gifts to serve others.
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. - 1 Peter 4:10 NIV
How to show grace by being accepting and non-judgmental towards others.
Judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment. - James 2:13 NIV
How to show grace by being humble.
But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” - James 4:6 NIV
How to show grace by remembering no one is perfect.
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. - Romans 3:23-24 NIV
How to show grace by remembering that you have received grace from God and from others.
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. - Ephesians 4:32 NIV
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Showing grace is a vital part of humanity. Without it, there is widespread cruelty, malice, hostility, resentment, and bitterness. One person's decision to show grace to others can create a ripple effect that makes a far-reaching difference.
One of the most significant benefits of showing grace is the happiness it brings. The Dalai Lama once said, “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”
Showing grace through kindness and compassion also has the power to improve mood, boost energy, and increase self-esteem.
But wait, there's more.
The scientific community has proven the physical benefits of adhering to the biblical tenet of showing grace to others. Studies have shown that people who practice kindness, compassion, and forgiveness produce more anti-aging and stress-reducing hormones in their bodies.
Showing grace to others is a practice that does not always come easily, even to believers. It takes awareness and intention to develop the character of grace in our lives. To this end, I invite you to pick up this 21 Days of How To Show Grace resource. It’s a beautiful journal with 21 journal prompts and prayers to aid in your spiritual growth and development.
Grace and peace,
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