May GRACE Abound
By Lashay Johnson
What does the Bible say about grace? I have to ask myself that question often.
Grace is the unmerited favor and power given to us by God.
I wonder how many times we are reminded that God extended grace to us and that we have the Holy Spirit on the inside of us, of which equips us to extend grace to others.
To some it may sound easy and for others it may sound impossible.
How do you extend grace to people that are not nice? Not like you?
Grace and Truth came through Jesus. The Holy Spirit equips us to act like Jesus.
I had a conversation with some friends and I shared with them that I struggle to love, to be kind, to be gracious to people that are not like me...to people that are unkind to me. Okay I know I am the only one that feels this way, but I want to be more like Him and I need to be honest; He already knows he is the only one that can help me.
While we were talking the Holy Spirit lovingly interrupted our time; and in that moment I was reminded that God extended grace to me and that the Holy Spirit guides me, teaches me, and empowers me to do things I am not able to do on my own; and that is to extend grace and love towards others.
To love is the greatest commandment. God has called us to love. God has called us to be gracious towards one another. When we love someone, we have the capacity to win them to Christ. Love can cause a person to transform into the version God has already predestined for them.
What would happen if we loved people to Christ?
Are you ready to love like Christ?
Do you think you are able to love like Christ on your own?
Grace may abound when HE abounds in Me!
I cannot love and extend grace unless I am full of HIM; and the only way I am full of HIM is if there is none of me.
The ability to love, express kindness, and extend grace requires me to be more like HIM. The way I become more like HIM is when I spend time learning HIS ways.
2 Corinthians 8:7 (CSB) Now as you excel in everything—in faith, speech, knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love for us[—excel also in this act of grace.
Did you know the letters written by The Apostle Paul were written to church people. When Paul wrote 2 Corinthians he was writing to believers in the church he planted in Corinth.