Do you know what it means to give grace to others?
Grace, according to one of the definitions in the dictionary, is the “free and unmerited favor of God“. No kidding…that’s actually in the dictionary. Who’d’ve thunk it?
Well, since that definition says it’s of (or from) God, can we mere humans know what it’s like to give grace to others? If we’re to take the Bible as the truth, we certainly can. In fact, we should. Inasmuch as it’s possible to give grace (or you might say, pass it on), we must do our best to do so.
Think of that person who cut in line at the grocery store. He certainly didn’t merit any favor. Am I right? Or that person who called you at dinner time to ask if you’d received their latest credit card offer. Whew! Hard to pass on any grace to her.
The thing about it is this…if you’re looking for someone who deserves your gift of grace, you’ll be looking for a long, long time. There is no one on the planet who fits that description.
You only need to look at yourself, truthfully and honestly, to know what I’m saying is correct. You’ve most likely either cut someone off in a line or in traffic. Or you’ve called someone at the “wrong” time. Or you’ve responded in unjustified anger when someone said something you didn’t like. Or…well, you get what I mean. Right? You ain’t all that and a bag of chips either.
Maybe we can all use the example of God’s grace found in Proverbs where it says humility is essential. If you humble yourself before God, admit He’s real, and ask for forgiveness, He gives it to you in eternal spades. Life everlasting.
Of course, you and I don’t have the power to give eternal life to anyone. But anytime we give grace to others, we’re showing them an example of what the love of God can do in this life. So, love your neighbor as yourself, today, and the grace you give will be given back to you in immeasurable ways.