Graciousness is a rare and beautiful quality. Webster defines graciousness as: “quick to forgive offenses or impart unmerited blessings.” Most of us are not naturally gracious. We’re typically all about justice for people who “deserve it” but we don’t think we fit into that category. Thus, we’re judgemental instead of gracious. However, the closer we get to God, the more gracious we become because we begin to really realize how much we don’t deserve His grace. The enormous number of our offenses against His continued grace become more clearly revealed and sparks a realization of how little we deserve the grace we’ve received. His grace to us is immeasurable. We realize that His grace didn’t end on the cross…it was just the beginning. Incredibly, despite our continued offenses against Him, He continually longs to be gracious to us! The Bible says, “The Lord waits to be gracious to you.” (Isaiah 30:18a) Wow! Maybe that’s why grace is called “amazing.” It’s incredibly humbling to think of the number of sins I chose to commit against His great love–even just yesterday–and that He still waits to show His grace to me. How humbling! Humility teaches graciousness. God’s graciousness flows from us when we have a humble and thankful heart. Graciousness is not naturally found in our own judging, unforgiving hearts–graciousness finds its beautiful inception in Him! We learn graciousness from Our Father. His Word says: “And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the Lord your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness.” (Joel 2:13a) When we forsake our own way and return to God, we obtain a heightened awareness of His grace. When we become acutely aware of the daily degree of grace we receive from God, then His graciousness overflows from our speech and actions and refreshes those around us. Our words and actions become pure–without vice or pretense—a blessing of beauty amidst the ugliness. The knowledge of God’s grace utterly transforms us!