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 all about justice for those who deserve it–but scarcely believe we do. Thus, we tend to be judgemental instead of gracious. However, the closer we get to God, the more gracious we become because we realize how much we don’t deserve His grace. The enormous number of our offenses against His amazing grace become more clearly revealed. It sparks a realization of how immeasurably blessed we are to receive the undeserving grace of God.

His grace doesn’t end when we accept His gift of salvation…it is just the beginning. What do I mean? Well, when we are born again His grace secures the eternal life of our soul and spirit, but while we are physically alive, our flesh still fights to engage us in sin. (Galatians 5:17) And, oh how we do engage in it! However, despite our continued offenses against God, 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 humbling to think that even amidst the sinful worry, fear, ugly words, etc., that I chose yesterday–He still waits to show His grace to me. Humility teaches graciousness. Graciousness flows from us when we have a humble and thankful heart. It doesn’t come naturally to a judging, unforgiving heart. 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 draw close to God, we have a greater aware of His daily grace. Then, His graciousness flows in our speech and actions. Our words and actions become pure–without vice or pretense—a blessing of beauty amidst life’s ugliness. God’s grace transforms us–and when it’s IN us, it refreshes those AROUND us.

From the book, “Essential Faith” Volume 2 available on Amazon by clicking HERE .

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