Week 2: Giving Grace
Welcome to week 2 of my Grace Series! You can read this post without catching up, but as the week wears on I definitely suggest you go back and read at least this article (linked here). We will be using some of the major points to grow further this week in learning how to give grace.
I don’t know about you but it is way easier for me to give grace than it is to receive it. So I decided to make this week all about giving grace. Plus when we give grace I hope that it will open us up to receiving it. The truth bombs might be real for me next week, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t explore giving grace as a deeper concept this week. Let me give you two quick reasons to think about why you should give grace.
Now some people think giving grace is a purely selfless act, but I don’t know about that. I think both of these reasons will show you the benefits of giving grace personally.
You remind yourself of your own humanity. Being a human is pretty awful sometimes, but it is also kind of amazing. When you read the ancient Greek philosophers you will learn why being human is quite a unique and wonderful situation. When you withhold grace you, pull away from the people you love.
Remember, grace leads us to
You need grace. For those unaware of philosophical concepts like Karma or the Golden Rule, what you do to others is done unto you. You need grace and if you don’t give it, then you don’t receive it. I wouldn’t want to be in place where I can’t receive grace from someone because I didn’t first offer it. Maybe you can live your life successfully that way, but I am willing to bet at some point you will need someone. Also, that someone is more likely to help you out if your human just like them.
Later This Week
We could come up with many more reasons to give grace for selfless reasons, but why not start with concern for yourself. You don’t have to be a saint in one day. Sometimes we need baby steps. I know I do. My wife can tell you all about it.
Check back throughout this next week for more about giving grace and how that helps you with both of these reasons.
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