GRACE. It’s such a beautiful word. When I think of grace, I think of gracefulness, like someone in a beautiful ball gown dancing ‘til midnight. Is that what grace is though? No. In our culture, we lose the meaning of grace because our culture tells us to care only about ourselves and what we want instead of showing true grace to others. Grace is God giving us a second chance. In our culture now, when someone hurts us we want revenge; we want to get even with them. We want to make them feel how they made us feel, but that’s not what the Bible says about grace.
Ephesians 2:8 says:
For by grace you have been saved through faith; and this is not your own doing, it is the gift of God—
Since grace is a gift from God, we should share this gift of grace, not try to get even. We need to be the one that shows others grace. If you show people grace they will start to wonder why you are not acting as the world acts. They will wonder why you are not mad at them. Why you are not trying to get even with them. They will start to wonder what makes you different. And when they try to find out what makes you different, they will see God through you. They will see you as different because God lives in you and through you. As Christians who show grace, they will see us as different from everyone else and maybe us showing them grace is what God will use to bring them to know God.
Billy Graham once said to be “In the world, but not of it.” Instead of looking like everyone else and acting like everyone else, we should be a light of God into this dark world by showing grace under pressure. When we become a Christian we want to show people that God is our ONE and ONLY God. When we love something so much we want to become like that thing. Well, as Christians we should love God so much that we want to be like him. Trying to be like God is tough and we aren’t perfect, only he is. We are still human and we still make mistakes, but just because we are human and make mistakes doesn’t mean that we should stop trying to become like God.
Sometimes it feels impossible to be like God. Sometimes you are put into a situation where all you want to do is argue and be stubborn and point fingers even though you know that’s not what God would do. This last week was like that for me. All I wanted to do was point fingers and argue and have everything MY way. Instead of having grace I was only thinking about myself. I knew what I should do, but still, I kept on arguing. Showing some people grace may seem impossible, but it’s something as Christian we have to do. We have to be the ones to show grace because we know what it feels like to be given grace because God gives us, sinners, grace every single day.
If we are shown grace shouldn’t we give grace?
If we don’t show people grace how can we expect God to continue showing us grace?
My challenge for you is to see how many people can you show grace to today?
Grace be with you all. Amen.
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Kelly Kate is a thirteen-year-old writer and aspiring author who enjoys reading, music, chocolate, family, and friends. She lives in California with her parents and 6 siblings. To read more of her writing, she can be found at Sisters Creative, a co-authored blog with her three sisters.