O child of God, be more careful to keep the way of the Lord, more concentrated in heart in seeking His glory, and you will see the loving-kindness and the tender mercy of the Lord in your life.

~C. H. Spurgeon

Grace. It means favor. A free and ready favor of the Lord. And it’s truly a gift.

When God gives us faith it’s because of His marvelous grace. Grace is the beginning force of our salvation which flows like a fountain or stream sourced from above. Faith is the aqueduct that trickles down mercy which currents from the grace of our good and benevolent God our fountain head. It’s only by God’s beautiful grace we are saved through faith in Christ Jesus.

There is a time when we must give grace to others, even when it’s tough.

By giving grace to others we are in essence being Christlike in reflecting grace upon them just as He’s shown grace to us.

When the kids are cranky and you want to be cranky back……give them grace.

When the boss is unfair and takes credit for what you did…..give them grace.

When the people you know decide to back off because they can’t understand what you’re going through…..give them grace.

Why?

The usual response recommended these days is to speak out, speak up, shake fists, rant…..

Giving grace isn’t the popular response, I know, but you know what? God gives grace to us constantly. Daily. Hourly. Minutely. So why not instead of getting mad and lash back, try giving grace and just see how God uses you to reflect His grace upon others for His glory.

There is a time and place to speak up and be a voice for the weak and for what is right, but not every personal jibe or irritation warrants it.


β€œThe same boiling water that softens the potato hardens the egg. It’s about what you’re made of, not the circumstances.” β€”Unknown.

I love this quote because it really shows to me just how much grace truly is a gift because if it weren’t for God giving grace to endure our trials, they would not help us grow in godliness, but instead they would harden us.

Praise God for His grace to endure and reflect His glory as we grow in grace.


Thank you Cindy Dawson from Real Christian Women for asking me to share a few thoughts on grace. I greatly value your friendship and your blog.

I’d like to invite three of my favorite blogger friends to join me and give me their thoughts on JOY. (Or if you already have something written on joy that would work great too. 😊)

1) Lauren from godhelpmei

2) Savannah from Rejoicing in Hope

3) TR from Inside Cup
The rules are simple. No pressure – if you choose to participate, invite 3 bloggers to write 2 quotes each, and a thought or two, on 1 word given to them by you.

God bless,

Viv

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63 thoughts on “Because of Grace

  1. Hi Vivian, fantastic grateful words of encouragement. You are beautified the grace more beautifully. You have elevated God’s amazing grace. In Greek grace is Charis. Your post has a charismatic impact on me today. Let’s not be miserly in sharing this grace which we have received from the Lord of grace. This is Nitin. I have changed my blog name to Bible blogger. πŸ˜€πŸ™ŒπŸŒΊπŸ•ŠοΈ

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    1. Hi Nitin!! Thank you so much for your encouragement tonight! I greatly appreciate it and your faithful support means a lot to me. These insights you gave on grace are wonderful!! Charis, yes Grace. I taught my kids Greek years ago. I especially like that as a girl’s name and know three with the name Charis. So lovely! Thanks so much and God bless you always!πŸ˜€πŸ™‹β€β™‚οΈπŸ™

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      1. Amen. Welcome Vivian. Praise God for the message that he gives you. Praise God for the people who responded to your post. It’s always my pleasure and joy to appreciate your valuable time and efforts. I know your limitations yet you make it a point to write and post. Great post. God bless you.

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      2. Amen Nitin. Praise God for His Grace and strength He gives every day. Your support means so much. God bless you too.πŸ™πŸ€πŸ‘

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      1. Actually, sounds more peaceful to me.😁 I’ll try contact again and I’ll see if it goes through. I remember now a technical glitch so maybe I didn’t send it through properly. Hugs Wendi!!

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  2. Thanks so much Vivian! I love this – when the kids are cranky give them grace! I have to add and tickles, currently that is the only way of transforming my 3 year old’s screams (and they are soon loud!) of frustration into screams of joy! Haha, there is something on joy already; We need grace before we have joy! There seems to be an order. Thanks for tagging me I look forward to writing something about joy. In the mean time, I’ve written a Haiku on “Grace”, scheduled tomorrow, in your honour, my haiku friend. πŸ™‚
    Lots of love today, this is such an encouraging post. L

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    1. Yes, the cranky kids part hit home didn’t it? I have almost two teenagers, but remember vividly the days of three year olds and really miss those days. Awwww, squeals of joy, how delightful!! Yes Charis precedes Chara!! How insightful Lauren!πŸ˜ƒ A Haiku…..yay!! I’m so excited about reading your Haiku and honored you thought of me. Can’t wait dear friend!! πŸ€—πŸ˜„πŸ˜˜

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      1. I can see how I will miss these days already. The older kids are already very different, but I am also very excited to be able to join them on their journey into the teen years. I’m loving the trail of boys and their bikes and scooters through the house at the moment. Most of the time we have at least nine kids here. We’ve got some regulars and some randoms but it is so lovely. So many mum’s work and we are the drop in for a smile and some food. I do love that opportunity too.
        I’m doing the house cleaning today (all in one day for a change!) My week has been quite different with concerts and drs appts etc so I have to do it all today but I plan to spend it thinking about joy and writing a response to your tag in my head for next week! Thanks again for the opportunity! Lots of love, L

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      2. Your house sounds like a happy place! I think you and I would be great regulars in hospitality!! My home was always like that and full of friends pre tbi. How I miss those days! I’m REALLY excited about your post on joy. I know you’re busy so take your time. Much love dear one. πŸ€—πŸ™‹β€β™€οΈβ€

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  4. Hey Vivian! It’s so nice to meet you. I’ll add you to my prayer list. We are in the same boat regarding health, and not being able to get to church too often, but God is good! He keeps us well β€œfed.” I’ll keep tabs on your blog. πŸ™‚ God bless!

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    1. It’s nice to meet you too Tina! Thank you so much for cherished prayers. I’m so sorry you’re unable to attend church very often either. It’s hard yes, but He is so faithful in staying by my side! Hugs!!!πŸ€—

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  5. Thank you Vivian for sharing this. Oh how I’m so Thankful for GRACE. I Thank God for ((All)) His Grace He alone has given me. We need to have Grace for others no matter what they do say are don’t say, what they don’t do are should do. God Bless you!! Agape!! Shalom!! ((Hugs)) πŸ™‚

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    1. Oh Betty you’re so welcome! Yes, very very true dear friend. Grace is such a BEAUTIFUL gift and we can share it freely. Much love and big hugs sister!! πŸ€—πŸ˜šπŸ€—πŸ˜š

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  6. Congratulations on your nomination today!! You deserve it, your blog is so encouraging. Blessings today, lots of love my friend. Hope it’s a good day. L

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      1. I think it’s just a chance for someone to show their appreciation toy and I guess it helps each other grow readership. I spent a while this morning reading new blogs from the list while my son slept. Found some new ones to follow. You’re in good company and very deserving!
        Lots of love and congratulations again. L

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      2. Thank you Lauren. I’m going to spend the next couple days getting my post together and look for your nomination by me very soon.πŸ˜€I’ll send you a link. I want the world🌏to know about your wonderful blog!!! Lots of love and hugs!πŸ€—πŸ’ž

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