Do I understand grace?
From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. John 1:16
This weekend as one of our kiddos was struggling with some bad choices, I was wanting to show some grace. But then I had the thought- This munchkin doesn’t understand grace. And therefore I began to doubt and question.. Should I show grace? As processed through all that was in my head and then the desire of my heart to show grace, I was stopped short. This child of mine might not understand it but do I understand grace? Do any of us really understand grace- God’s grace? His grace in all of its fullness. John 1:16 says, “From His fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.” Do we really comprehend that grace and that much of it? Grace upon grace?
I decided to read what grace means. “love and mercy given to us by God because God desires us to have it, not because of anything we have done to earn it “ and “generous, free and totally unexpected and undeserved.” God showed me grace on the cross. He didn’t show it because I did anything at all to earn it. He showed me grace in my salvation and it is free and oh so undeserved! “For by grace you have been saved through faith, that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God.” It is a gift!! He continues to show me His grace and mercy each and every day. I fail. I try hard to walk in His steps, but it is hard and I mess up… all the time! But God continues to forgive me. He continues to be there in all of His graciousness.
So as I consider does my munchkin understand grace, the answer is probably no. But when I turn the tables and ask do I really understand grace, the answer is the same. I pray I begin to more fully understand God’s grace-What about you?