Day 8: Ephesians 1:2-23
“To the praise of his glorious grace, which He has freely given us in the One He loves, in Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that He lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding”
If you look up the meaning of grace in the dictionary, you will see a variety of definitions. One of those references Biblical grace, God’s undeserved favor, that he freely extends to all because He desires a relationship with us. He loves us so much that He sent His son to die for our sins. He did for us what we could not do for ourselves.
Another definition for grace uses such words as politeness, respectfulness, consideration, thoughtfulness and courteous goodwill and refers to how we interact with others. About 20 years ago I discovered my middle name means “full of grace.” Since that time I often reminded myself to extend grace to others, especially when I don’t feel like it.
Since I am walking in grace because of God’s great love for me, I want to freely share that grace with others. I can do that in practical ways by having an attitude of courteous goodwill toward others even when they don’t deserve it.
Who needs you to reflect God’s grace to them today? Not because they earned it or even deserve it but because we can model God’s example by giving to others what was so freely given to us.