“He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” Micah 6:8
How was your week? As you concentrated on grace last week, did you look for, and find, opportunities to demonstrate grace? Did you take a second to think of grace when you were dealing with a stressful situation? Did that enable you to react with grace when you usually would have been defensive or irritated?
As you begin to focus on grace, you will find there are many occasions that can be addressed gracefully. As you concentrate on responding gracefully, it will decrease the likelihood of responding disgracefully.
Loving grace, and showing grace to others, is one way we can demonstrate God’s grace to others. God wants us to grow in grace. This is a day by day walk with God, which we can become stronger and stronger in, leading us to demonstrate grace in the most difficult of circumstances. As you concentrate on extending grace, you will see that this will have an impact on your attitude, your behavior, what is important to you and what motivates you. It will also have an impact on others.
“But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To Him be glory both now and forever, Amen.” 2 Peter 3:18
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for Your Word and for Your grace. Thank You for loving me so much that You sent Your Son to die for me. I know I am saved by grace and not by anything I have done. It is Your gift to me. Help me to grow in grace. Please give me the wisdom to recognize ways to demonstrate grace and the strength to never hold back ways to extend grace. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Monday: About someone at work. Is there a person at work you are not showing kindness to because you feel they do not deserve it? Consider seriously how God has shown grace to you. You are asked to show grace to others. What can you do this week to extend grace to that person? Ask God to give you the wisdom to know what to do and the strength to do it.
“Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16
Tuesday: About your words. You may have specific instances where you need to take a moment and consciously think about reacting gracefully. Perhaps it is about a stressful situation. Perhaps it is with a “difficult person”. One way of reacting gracefully includes what you say. Speak calmly and kindly, no matter what the situation. Ask God to give you the strength to make this a part of your everyday approach to dealing with others and with situations. Record below anything you feel you may ask God to give you the strength to do.
“A gentle answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger.” –Proverbs 15:1
Wednesday: About how you speak. Your body language needs to match your graceful words. Be aware of where there may not be a match. It could be about your body language or intensity of speech. Does anything come to mind about what you may need to remember?
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” Colossians 3:12
Thursday: About your listening skills. We can show grace to others by what we say, and what we do not say. In today’s fast paced world, we often limit the amount of time we will spend fully listening to someone. We may also interrupt them in our hurry to get things done or for other reasons. One way of showing grace to others is by giving them adequate time to express themselves. If you cannot give them enough time at the moment, let them know (gracefully!) and ask to schedule another time to talk.
“But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9
Friday: Reflecting back: How have you done this week? Did you feel that you grew in grace? Take time to look back on your week and think about what God may have revealed to you.
“And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.” 2 Corinthians 9:8
Have a great week!
Bonny, Christian Women at Work