Do It With Grace

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For by grace are ye saved, through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Ephesians 2:8-9

Everything God does, He does with grace. God loves us and extends His love with grace. God sent His Son to save us, and we needed saving in the worst way. “Jesus sought me when a stranger, wandering from the fold of God.”

So grace found us: “Grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.” Grace brought salvation: “For the grace of God (His unmerited favor and blessing) has come forward (appeared) for the deliverance from sin and the eternal salvation for all mankind.”   Then grace saved us: “For by grace are ye saved . . .”   And grace keeps us: “Great grace was upon them all.”   Grace sustains us: “My grace is sufficient for thee.”  And grace matures us: “But grow in grace . . .”

What would we do without God’s Grace?

We, like Noah, should seek to find grace. God’s Grace. The rest of humanity was going to hell in a hand-basket, “but Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord” (Genesis 6:8).  Grace is simple elegance or refinement of movement. It can be well said of Kim Yu-Na, the Korean Olympic Figure Skater, that “she moved across the ice with effortless grace.”

So do it with grace. We should be gracious and graceful.  We should act with courtesy and decency; we should have good manners, decorum, respect, tact and be polite.  Grace is giving what is not deserved. We certainly want to be treated graciously, so we should treat others this way as well.

Everything we do, we should do with grace. We should not be found being judgmental or critical, cynical or sarcastic. We of all people need to extend grace, ‘for it was grace that taught our hearts to fear, and grace our fears relieved.’ We need to extend grace because ” ’tis grace hath brought us safe thus far, and grace will lead us home.” Well did Norwegian born hymn writer Haldor Lillenas say,

 Wonderful grace of Jesus, Greater than all my sin;

How shall my tongue describe it, Where shall its praise begin?

Taking away my burden, Setting my spirit free,

For the wonderful grace of Jesus reaches me.

So let’s do it with grace. Let’s love others with grace. Let’s extend kindness, with grace. Let’s forgive, with grace. Because without His grace, we are nothing. So sing with me

Amazing grace how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me! I once was lost, but now I’m found; was blind but now I see.

John Newton

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