God has not told us to do justice or love kindness or walk humbly with Him; He has told us to do justice, love kindness and to walk humbly with Him. The Hebrew Bible uses the word “grace” in Micah 6:8, with different translations alternating between the words kindness, mercy and steadfast love. Today, we will use the original word, grace.
What does it mean to give grace to someone? The Biblical definition refers to “undeserved kindness,” which is showing love and compassion towards someone even though they may not appreciate it, understand what it is costing you, or plan to return the kindness. Micah 6:8 does not tell us to do justice or love grace. We are to do both as we walk humbly with God.
Our ability to grow stronger in grace is based on our understanding of God’s grace towards us. It is when we have a fuller understanding of His unconditional love towards us and unconditional forgiveness of us, that we are able to step away from our selfishness about a situation towards a graceful experience of it.
Dear Heavenly Father, forgive me for times when I have not demonstrated grace to others. Forgive me when I have not thanked You for the grace You have shown me. Help me show grace to others even though they may not deserve it in my worldly eyes. Help me to grow strong in grace as I consider Your grace, unconditional love and forgiveness towards me. Help me to be an instrument of Your grace to others. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Monday: When you think of God’s grace, what do you think of? Consider Romans 5:8: “But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” What thoughts do you have today as you meditate on this verse and God’s grace towards you?
Tuesday: This week at work, look for ways you can demonstrate grace to others. Be especially careful to consider those times when something (or someone) may have disappointed/irritated you. If you historically were not so gracious, be aware of these opportunities going forward to show grace and forgiveness. Can you think of one thing which might arise next week at work that you can respond to with “strong grace”? If so, note it in your agenda.
Wednesday: Do you 100% believe you are saved by grace, or do you feel you need to earn it? Ponder Ephesians 2:8 today: “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.” What do you think about as you consider that salvation, God’s forgiveness, is a free gift and you did not earn it?
Thursday: What is your understanding of showing grace to others? Does it depend on the person, your feelings or the situation? God wants us to demonstrate grace to others and to become strong in this area. On a scale of 0 to 10, with “0” never showing grace to anyone and “10” being you always show grace no matter the person or situation, how would you rate your “grace demonstration”?
Friday: As God has forgiven us, so we are to forgive others. As God demonstrated grace to us, so we are to show grace to others. God wants us to grow strong in this area and not hold back. Colossians 3:13 says: “Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” As you meditate on this verse today, what comes to mind?
Have a great week!
Bonny, Christian Women at Work