"Teach me to do your will,
for you are my God.
May your gracious Spirit lead me forward
on a firm footing."
(Psalm 143:10, NLT)
To be gracious towards someone is to be generous in heart; expressing unmerited or undeserved favor. It pleases God to be able to express His grace and mercy upon our lives. He designed His grace especially for you and I, canceling the debt that should be owed. It is one of His many gifts to us. He gives us this benefit freely simply because of His love for us. God's Grace is "the power of God to do for us what we cannot do for ourselves."
Now, God's grace is not a free license for us to sin. However, His grace illuminates the fact that we cannot obtain the law. Thus, we need His grace all the more. His grace simply cannot be earned by obtaining the law. After all, who can attain it?
As Christians, we are to exude that same gracious Spirit towards others. Having a gracious spirit enhances a person's demeanor while a selfish heart limits their effectiveness. Responding in graciousness overrides another's words of bitterness, unforgiveness, self-pity, or resentment.
Having experienced God's forgiveness and unmerited favor should increase a believer's sensitivity to another's needs. Having a condescending or resentful attitude does not exemplify a spirit of graciousness. As Christian's, we are challenged to extend love, mercy, forgiveness and grace.
A Christian reflects God's kingdom by their behavior and attitude. Although believers are admonished to speak the truth to one another in love, wise words show grace while condemning words can leave damaging scars.
As Christians, we should walk in graciousness, displaying excellent manners and social conduct. To radiate in kindness and gentleness is an admirable characteristic. Walking in such graciousness retains great honor.
"Wise words are gracious but foolish words are damaging."
(Ecclesiastes 10:12, NKJV)
Christina is the founder of Relentless Love Ministries and lives in Linton. She is an active speaker, guest lecturer, and published author. For more information, questions, or comments, email firstname.lastname@example.org .