I am not graceful. At all. Whatsoever.
My mom actually noticed my gracelessness and signed me up for ballet class when I was four. She hoped that it might help with my clumsiness and I ended up taking ballet for ten years, but I’m still not graceful and probably never will be.
But, even though I may never be graceful, I can still be grace-ful, or full of grace.
You see, grace doesn’t just mean elegance (or not tripping every few feet like yours truly). It also has a biblical meaning of unmerited favor, getting what you don’t deserve. It’s like getting dessert even though you didn’t eat your vegetables. You don’t deserve the dessert, but you got it anyway. Your parents showed you grace in giving you a dessert that you didn’t deserve.
But what does that mean? Should we always how grace and never punishment?
Well, going back to my graceful illustration, the reason I can’t be graceful is because I have terrible balance. I trip and stumble and do crazy stunts because I lose my balance and fall.
It’s the same thing with grace. There is a balance between grace and judgment or punishment. If your parents always showed you grace and gave you dessert every night, whether or not you ate your vegetables, you would never learn to eat vegetables. It wouldn’t be healthy.
That’s why, most of the time when you don’t eat your vegetables, your parents won’t let you have dessert. They are trying to teach you healthy eating habits. If they didn’t make you eat your vegetables, they wouldn’t be good parents. They wouldn’t be teaching you anything.
Now that we know what grace is, how can we be grace-ful to others? Well, here are a few ways the Bible tells us how to show grace:
With Our Speech
Ephesians 4:29 says, “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.”
So, one practical way to show grace is to be kind with our words. When we are mean and yell at someone out of anger, we aren’t showing them grace. But, when we take the time to encourage and build someone up with kind words, we can show them God’s grace.
With Our Gifts
God has given us all individual gifts to use for His glory. When we use our gifts, we show others God’s amazing grace in our lives. We are ambassadors of God’s grace.
As 1 Peter 4:10 says, “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.”
One of my favorite verses is 2 Corinthians 12:9: “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
God’s grace is displayed in our weakness. Isn’t that freeing? We don’t have to pretend to be perfect, in fact, we rob God of His glory, power, and grace when we do. But, when we admit to being helpless and weak, God can use us to show His grace. People will know that it isn’t us, but God working through us.
I encourage everyone to strive to be more grace-ful this week as we attempt to show others the grace of God. I pray that we don’t lose sight of God’s grace poured out for us on the cross, but that we would always be aiming to imitate what God has done for us as we tell people about His amazing love and grace.
Lilah is a 16-year-old writer who is always striving to learn more about Jesus and tell others about His life. She is passionate about using writing to reach people with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Lilah enjoys reading, music, and spontaneous dance parties in the living room with her five younger siblings. To read more of her amazing devotionals, you can check out her blog, Walk With My Savior.