Grace seems to be in short supply these days. If we follow Christ, we know that we have received heaps of grace that we didn’t do anything to earn, and yet, we seem to be hard pressed to give away some of that grace.
Grace is favor that is unearned, unmerited and undeserved. Grace is the currency of heaven. Grace is love. Grace is Jesus. Grace has nothing to do with the recipient and everything to do with the giver. You can’t earn grace, if you could it wouldn’t be grace (Romans 11:6). Grace is what saved you (Ephesians 2:8-9).
Here’s what I think is happening, grace has been redefined to mean acceptance. This new definition of grace is making us terrified to give it away because we care WAY too much about what other people might think. Jesus didn’t care what anybody thought when He gave grace to the woman caught in adultery. And, even better, He showed her grace BEFORE He asked her to change how she was living. His grace was not contingent on her behavior, it was merely because of His love for her as a person. And while we have no way to know, I have to believe His grace changed her life. At the very minimum He gave her back her physical life.
Your pouring out grace on the people around you, from celebrities to politicians to your neighbors, doesn’t mean you agree, it simply means you aren’t going to judge, label or speak ill of the person. You are going to seek to understand and love them. You may never agree and that’s ok, your grace on their lives will stop you from tearing them down. Grace doesn’t align you with them, it aligns you with heaven.
So here’s me plea: give grace upon grace.