It is 1 January 2015! The new year is finally here! I am always feeling nostalgic at this time of the year. Thinking about things to come and things that are over.
On this first day of the new year I don’t have any new years resolutions. All I have is the hope that I can focus on grace this year.
The dictionary gives another explanation for this word mercy, pardon and clemency. (If you scroll to the bottom you will find the dictionary.com meanings of these words)
My summary of these words would be: Grace is the compassionate act of divine favor towards people that doesn’t deserve it.
What is this divine compassionate act? The fact that He gave His only Son for us. This brings us right to the conclusion of the last post.
I am convinced that we need to show grace towards our fellow human beings even it they don’t deserve it. Just as Jesus showed grace towards us we need to show it towards each other.
Here are some more verses showing how God showed grace towards us:
John 3:36 Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.
The Bible is full of examples of people that showed grace towards one another through divine intervention. Below are some examples:
Esther 2:16-17 And when Esther was taken to King Ahasuerus, into his royal palace, in the tenth month, which is the month of Tebeth, in the seventh year of his reign, the king loved Esther more than all the women, and she won grace and favor in his sight more than all the virgins, so that he set the royal crown on her head and made her queen instead of Vashti.
And through this grace God had a plan to save Israel.
2 Corinthians 12:8-9 Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But he said to me, “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.
Thank God for the Grace of Salvation that he has given you. Thank Him for a New Year and ask Him to guide you and be with you.
Think if there is anyone that you need to show grace to?
Start keeping a Grace journal to keep record of your thoughts. If you blog about it please share it with us.
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compassionate or kindly forbearance shown toward an offender,
the disposition to be compassionate or forbearing:
an adversary wholly without mercy.
the discretionary power of a judge to pardon someone
an act of kindness, compassion, or favor:
something that gives evidence of divine favor; blessing:
It was just a mercy we had our seat belts on when it happened.
the quality of being clement
; disposition to show forbearance,compassion, or forgiveness in judging or punishing; leniency; mercy.
an act or deed showing mercy or leniency.
(of the weather) mildness or temperateness.
kind indulgence, as in forgiveness of an offense or discourtesy or intolerance of a distraction or inconvenience:
I beg your pardon, but which way is Spruce Street?
- a release from the penalty of an offense; a remission of penalty, asby a governor.
- the document by which such remission is declared.
forgiveness of a serious offense or offender.
Obsolete. a papal indulgence.