grace: noun \ˈgrās\
: a way of moving that is smooth and attractive and that is not stiff or awkward
: a controlled, polite, and pleasant way of behaving
: unmerited divine assistance given humans for their regeneration or sanctification
: a virtue coming from God
: a state of sanctification enjoyed through divine grace
We’ve all been there. Especially us women. We’ve all been the topic of conversation and we’ve all had conversations about others….some call this gossip, some call it “concern.” I am pretty sure no one calls it grace.
First things first, I have to ask forgiveness. I too have found myself around a table, in the bleachers, in the car, in CHURCH, at the pool side, you name it, discussing other people’s business as if it were my own. How very sorry I am. How ashamed I am.
Unfortunately, I have learned the hard way that it can take you being the brunt of the slander in order for you to realize how much hurt this causes a person. It isn’t until you experience it for yourself that you understand. And then there are still those that just never get it, they just go on hurting others with their words blindly thinking they are above this.
This is where GRACE steps in. The first thing we should ask ourselves before we even open our mouths is “will the words I am about to speak be grace“? If not, DON’T OPEN YOUR MOUTH! No words are better than graceless words.
And what if the words of someone else have hurt you. Don’t they deserve to be called out? Don’t they deserve to be punished? Maybe, but most of the time the most graceful thing you can do is NOTHING. Just disengage, walk away, turn the other cheek and PRAY!
Pray for grace in all you do. Pray for grace for your enemies. Pray for a divine delivery of duct tape for your mouth!
Galatians 5:13-15 tells us this…
“For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another.”
To be free we have to strive to be grace!