Radical Grace

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Grace is often defined as the unmerited favor of God towards us. Unmerited, also meaning undeserving. God’s grace is directly related to his love for us. His love, is freeing, forgiving, lavishing, and therefore He provides grace towards us in proportion to his love for us. His love sees past our weakness, he sees us in his perfected view of us. My question to myself and others, is why don’ t we practice more grace toward ourselves, and those we love? I know we cannot give the grace that God provides to ourselves and others, we simply don’t have the capacity to do that.
However, if we even tried to offer a measure of grace to ourselves, and others, if we practiced loving others beyond there faults, and offenses, it would make a radical shift in the world. Often we are harder on ourselves than others. If the creator of the universe can offer you, grace as a gift, then surely you can cut yourself a break. I believe our mistakes and shortcoming are an awesome opportunity for our growth and development. When you look, and reflect on past mistakes and poor choices; it is an opportunity to forgive yourself, learn, and move forward. God’s grace sets the stage for forward motion in our lives it pushes us forward, beyond our failures, and past mistakes. We become stagnant when we are unforgiving and live in our past. It is a choice to move forward, to forgive, and to see an offense or a mistake as a opportunity to grow or learn.
The bible states, “For it is by grace you have been saved,through faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Ephesians 2: 8-10).
So grace is this free gift that God bestows on us so graciously, it is a gift that we should practice for ourselves and others. It’s a radical gift, but it multiplies in the blessings of love, compassion, and resiliency.

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