“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” — 1 Peter 4:10 (NIV)
Think about yesterday. Did you make a difference?
If you polled ten people who interacted with you, how many might say you were a blessing in their lives? What about your spouse? Your kids? Your coworkers? Or maybe the cashier? The waiter? The customer service rep? What would they say about how you treated them?
And what about God? He saw everything—every thought, every word, every action. Do you think He would say, “Well done, My good and faithful servant?”
It’s a question we should ask ourselves regularly, don’t you think?
We know God has called us to make a difference—to love others—to share His grace. For this is what He has done for us. (Read my post on God’s grace here.)
It should be easy living this life of grace, for God has poured out His undeserved love on us and we have Jesus’ perfect example to follow. But all too often, it isn’t easy. We get absorbed in ourselves, in the task at hand, in the busyness of life. We don’t notice the people right in front of us. And we miss the opportunity to share God’s love with them and make their day a little brighter.
So, here’s a challenge…A Simply. Challenge — 25 Ways to Live a Life of Grace. This list can be used in two ways…
- As an evaluation tool. While it isn’t an exhaustive list of ways to show grace, it could be eye-opening nonetheless. Identify the areas that need work, and offer thanks for the ways you have already been faithful to show grace to others.
- As a checklist. Choose one way each day to reach out in love. Focus on that specific act of grace and strive to live it out all day long. Imagine how many lives you will have blessed at the end of the twenty-five days!
25 Ways to Live a Life of Grace
- Help carry a load. (Galatians 6:2)
- Be there… in the good times and the bad. (Proverbs 17:17)
- Be understanding… because you’ve messed up, too. (Romans 3:23)
- Reach out to include someone—offer friendship. (Romans 15:7)
- Give up something for someone else—your plans, your desires, your time, your possessions. (John 15:13)
- Put someone else’s interests before your own. (Philippians 2:3-4)
- Listen. Stop talking. Just listen. (James 1:19)
- Do something special for someone. (Romans 12:10)
- Speak the truth in love. (Ephesians 4:15)
- Be patient. (Ephesians 4:2)
- Humble yourself. (Romans 12:3; Luke 9:23)
- Pray for someone. Better yet…pray with someone. (1 Thessalonians 1:2; James 5:13-16)
- Choose not to take offense. (Proverbs 17:9)
- Forgive. (Ephesians 4:32)
- Encourage. (Hebrews 3:13)
- Remind someone of God’s promises–offer hope. (Hebrews 10:23)
- Smile. (Proverbs 15:13)
- Speak kindly. (Proverbs 12:25)
- Be gentle. (Philippians 4:5)
- Remember we’re all works in progress. (Philippians 1:6)
- Filter what you say. (Ephesians 4:29)
- Be a peacemaker. (Romans 12:18)
- Have a thankful heart and express gratitude. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)
- Tell someone about what Jesus has done for you. (Matthew 28:19-20)
- Share what you’ve been given. (Romans 12:13)
Okay…now that you’ve looked over the list, did you find some things you already do well? I did. And if you’re like me, you also found a number of areas that need some work. So let’s pray God will strengthen us in those areas and fill our hearts with more grace. For a heart filled with God’s grace can’t help but bless others.
So, are you ready to make a difference?
Well, then…let’s go be a blessing!Precious Lord, we are so thankful for Your amazing grace. Help us see where we are failing to live out this grace-filled life. Strengthen us where we are weak, and help us to be a blessing to everyone around us. May we one day hear you say, “Well done, My good and faithful servant.” In Jesus’ name and for Your glory, Amen.
What ways to bless others through God’s grace would you add to the list? Please share them with us in the comments below. And if you choose to take the second part of the challenge, we'd love to hear how it goes.Blessings to you! Sabra
Image by Sabra Penley.