The measure of grace we give to others should be measured by the grace God gives us. Grace is a gift from God. It is an irrevocable gift—otherwise God would be a liar and promise-breaker. There is nothing we can do good enough to earn it and nothing we can do bad enough to lose it—otherwise it would have never been a gift at all. Grace is a gift from God.
When we receive God’s grace in His gift of salvation, it should be actively and continually working in our life.
Paul the Apostle wrote of God’s: “surpassing measure” of grace in the Christians at Corinth. (2 Corinthians 9:14-15) Paul called God’s grace an “indescribable gift.” (vs. 15) Wow! God’s grace is such an amazing gift that we lack even the ability to properly describe it. Oh, to have the grace of God flowing so fully and freely from us that others describe it is as immeasurable or too wonderful for words! #GodGoals—Right?
Yet—often when I’m deciding whether to give grace to someone who has done wrong to me, I get pretty stingy. To remedy this failure, I need to constantly remind myself that God didn’t think this way about my undeserving soul when I asked for His grace. When my perspective is on God’s grace towards me, this allows God’s grace to grow in me.
Did you know that when God gave us grace, He also made us stewards of grace?
The Bible says: “As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” (I Peter 4:10) Paul wrote of, “the stewardship of God’s grace that was given to me for you.” (Ephesians 3:2) I’ve never considered that I have a duty of stewardship to others of the grace God has given to me. But—think on it—grace, by it’s very nature is magnified by sharing of it. It is meant to have recipients of it’s benefits. Through Jesus, we are the givers.
So, how much grace should we give?
The Bible says “to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift.” (Ephesians 4:7) What was the “measure” Christ gave? It was His entire life! When we are willing to give all we have, we are living in the TRUTH that all we have—is attributable to God. Thus, we live as good stewards of the grace we have received. His grace within us produces a beautiful transformation in everything we do and say to reflect God’s grace.
The deep knowledge of God’s grace towards us multiplies our grace towards others.
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