Out of His fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. – (John 1:16, NIV)
Yes, the Word was full of grace and truth, and from Him we all received one blessing after another. – (John 1:16, ERV)
And from the overflow of His fullness we received grace heaped upon more grace! – (John 1:16, TPT)
Grace is the freely given, unmerited favor and love of God. (dictionary.com) Though we do not deserve it, God freely gives. In the same way that we are given such lavish grace, we are called to do likewise. The more we understand the grace upon grace that we have been given, the more we desire to give the same to those around us. Puppy training is an ongoing saga in our household. We have one extraordinarily intelligent and mischievous pup, and one that is super sweet, yet reactive to other dogs. Much grace is required to remain sane, as we work to train our fur babies to behave and peacefully coexist. When I take pause and think of the lavish grace that God has given and continues to give to me, I find that I am better equipped to be gracious to others. This holds true with the pups and with other humans, as each new day requires much grace. Though there is only One who perfected such grace, we can improve every day as we seek Him. May we ever look to the Lord, our incredible giver of grace, so that we too, may extend grace upon grace to those around us.
It’s freely given,
God’s great gift of grace;
And welcome embrace.
Just as we receive,
We also should give;
Each day that we live.
Love that’s undeserved,
Is valued the most;
From heaven’s own Host.
Show us, Lord Jesus,
To love and give grace;
Embrace all others,
And walk in Your ways.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for Your amazing grace that You give to us all. Thank You that as we receive, we are equipped to give the same. Forgive us for the times that we have lacked grace in how we have interacted with others. Teach us to love and be full of grace with everyone we encounter. Show us how to love lavishly and without expectations of anything in return. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we receive the grace that You lovingly give, and extend the same to all those around us. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Grabrick and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present
Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. – 2 Corinthians 1:2