I love the feeling that grace produces. Whether it’s the librarian waiving an overdue fee or a dear friend extending grace for something that you said or did that was hurtful, grace produces a response from the heart. It has nuances of forgiveness, release, relief, peace, joy, love.
Hebrews 13:9 says that it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace…in other words, grace is food for the heart. We eat food every day because it is necessary for the overall growth and health of our bodies. 2 Peter 3:18 instructs us to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The more we know of the Lord and begin to understand the depths of the riches of His grace, the more spiritual fruit we produce…love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Grace creates an environment in the heart where growth can occur, and as we grow in our knowledge of the Lord and experience His grace, we should be extending it to those around us. Every time we extend grace to someone , we are pointing them to the cross.
“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace, which He lavished upon us.” (Ephesians 1:7-8, NASB)
How different the world would be if we lavished grace on others, the way He has lavished grace on us.