“GRACE is poured upon Your lips;
Therefore God has blessed You forever” Psalm 45:2
“For the LORD God is a sun and shield; The LORD will give GRACE and glory; No good thing will He withhold From those who walk uprightly.” Psalm 84:11
“For by grace you have been saved through faith and not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.” Ephesians 2:8
As a woman of faith of 65 years, I have been blessed to have had enough of a taste of the majesty of God to want more; more of His presence, His words, His anointing and His grace. I know what it means to be forgiven, to be blessed with His grace and to be loved extravagantly by His unfailing love. I have experienced His faithfulness and I am fully persuaded that the world needs to see Jesus in me. I can simply do that by extending grace.
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Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever. Psalm 118:1
Have you ever received a gift you didn’t deserve? And the treasured gift was given to you out of pure love. I have. My husband has surprised me many times with flowers and other little gifts throughout our 44 years of marriage. Oh! how delightful it is when a thoughtful gesture of love through a simple gift is given brings unexplainable joy. God also gives a gift. His gift is His grace, an abundant favor given to you in love.
Grace is God showing His love to you even though you don’t deserve it. You can’t do anything to earn God’s grace. This righteousness so undeserved saved us from our sin and blessed us with His eternal presence in our life. God’s perfect gift given is Jesus. Our Savior brings not only grace but divine guidance, strength and power. If you know Jesus as your Savior, be thankful. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith. Women of faith because of His grace shown to us , we must be compeled to show grace to those around us.
” But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard–things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.”
Galatians 5:22 & 23 is our goal! No matter what comes in our life. No matter what life throws at us, we choose to operate in His spirit of grace.
It is His grace that makes it possible for us to show love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control in situations where it is humanly impossible, undeserved or during times when circumstances and character are so attacked by an ungodly world. Grace makes “holy living” possible.We embrace the idea to live in holiness not set by rules or regulations, but from a heartfelt love and respect for our heavenly Father.
Leviticus 11:44 instructs us to be holy because He is holy.
There is great joy in extending grace to others. This special saving grace that we have experienced as a believer should drive us to care about the general welfare of others. Feed the poor, house the homeless, love the unlovely, clothe those less fortunate, pray for the sick, and care for the orphans and widows. Jesus said in Matthew 25:40, “For sure, I tell you, because you did it to one of the least of My brothers, you have done it to Me.” Extending grace to the world should become our pursuit and passion.
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God’s Grace the unmerited, undeserved and unearned favor is the component of faith that motivates us to pursue a heart of excellence.
“the Lord is always kind, patient and loving”
“may the God of love be with you”