“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.” Ephesians 2:8
During yesterday’s prayer meeting, in which Ephesians 2:8 was the focus verse, I was imagining if the first word that came to mind when thinking of the church is graciousness. For it seems that the general consensus is that the church is judgemental. I wonder how different church and the world would be if the general consensus becomes the church is gracious.
For the church is built upon grace. The Lord has given us infinite, unlimited and abundant grace. Do we treat others within the church with the same level of grace that the Lord extends to us? I know that I struggle with this, and I do not think that I am the only one.
What do people like us who struggle to show grace do then to start growing in grace?
1. Meditate. Spend time in God’s word, like Ephesians 2:8 that reveal God’s grace. In doing so, meditate upon the grace of God that has been extended to you. Let God’s grace fill your heart until it overflows from you.
2. Pray. If you know there is a particular person, practice or thing that you struggle to show grace to, pray and ask the Lord for strength and wisdom in how you can show grace in these circumstances. Let the Holy Spirit strengthen and guide you.
3. Share. Share your struggle with showing grace with close believing friends. Let them come alongside you and keep you accountable.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, give me a heart that overflows with your grace, a conviction to pray through my lack of grace and a desire to share and be held accountable. May your church be known for its grace. Amen