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In War Room, Miss Clara asked Elizabeth, who was struggling in her marriage, if God still loved her husband after all he’d done, and if she still loved him. Elizabeth has to admit that God still loved him, and she said that she had love for him, but that it was buried under tons of frustration. Miss Clara said that in that case, what was needed was for her to show grace towards her husband. Elizabeth wasn’t so sure she wanted to show grace to him – after all, he didn’t deserve it! Miss Clara pointed out how we all desire grace and forgiveness, yet at the same time, we don’t always want them extended to others. She told Elizabeth that God not only gives us grace, but will also help us to give it to others.
When others treat you wrongly, what is your response? Is it difficult for you to forgive them? Do you feel like they aren’t deserving of grace, and a second chance?
Do you know what the amazing thing about grace is? We DON’T deserve it, yet God gives it to us anyways! That’s what grace is – being given the blessings you don’t deserve (if you deserved it, it would be payment you’ve earned, not grace). Grace is what God’s given us, and it is what He desires for us to give to others.
How can you give grace to others – particularly when it is the last thing you want to do? Usually, when we have a hard time showing grace to others, it’s because we don’t really understand or haven’t received it ourselves. You see, God offers grace (undeserved forgiveness, relationship with Him, and blessings) to each one of us, but not everyone accepts it. There are even many believers who are trying to earn God’s love and acceptance instead of just receiving His grace. You can’t give grace to others if you haven’t received it yourself!
The answer? Understand this – you don’t need to try to be good enough to please God. He isn’t counting your mistakes against you! He wants to give you His forgiveness, love, acceptance, goodness, and blessings as free gifts, regardless of anything good or bad that you’ve done. Embrace His grace! The more you begin to do so, the easier it will become to give grace to others!