One of the things I do the most in my life is think, as I am sure a lot of other people do as well. I tend to think about the random life topics and really form an opinion on them. A topic that I have been thinking about lately is the topic of grace. God’s grace, the grace that I give to others, and the grace that I give to myself. It is one of those topics that has just been popping up everywhere in my life lately. It is especially funny because before this year, I really struggled with actually knowing what grace is.
Grace means God’s riches at Christ’s expense. Meaning that everything that we have is because of God’s grace. Because Jesus died on the cross for us, because he took our place, we can enjoy the luxuries of life. Because Jesus took our place on the cross, we have life! We were completely undeserving, yet God gave his grace and tells us that even though we don’t deserve anything, he is still going to provide for us, and even offer us second chances. That is grace.
It is important to remember the grace that God has given us when we are dealing with others. We need to be willing to extend grace towards. It is so important to realize that everyone makes mistakes and that always getting mad and taking it out on them or just being angry at them is not a healthy way to deal with these issues. Extending grace, giving a second chance to someone can be the most beneficial thing. To add on to extending grace to others, we need to be forgiving of ourselves also. It is something that I am constantly working on in my own life. Remembering that God made me the way that he thought was perfect is a good reminder that I need to not be so hard on myself. One test score or one bad day will not define who I am, I need to give myself a second chance. I need to offer myself some grace.
C’est la vie,