“It’s a wonder God didn’t lose his temper and do away with the whole lot of us. Instead, immense in mercy and with an incredible love, he embraced us.” -Ephesians 2:5 (The Message)
Grace has always been because Jesus has always been. The Gospel of John tells us that “in the beginning was the Word” and that the Word (Jesus) was full of grace and truth. It is out of his exhaustless plentitude that we receive grace and in turn have the opportunity to manifest grace to others.
Manifesting grace to others is not always easy, especially to a consistently inconsiderate neighbor or a young person who seems to have made it his or her ambition to regularly disrupt your youth meeting. We may find it difficult to manifest grace on our own, but then again it’s not our grace we should be extending in the first place.
When we have Jesus abiding in us then we also have his grace as well. Jesus manifested and continues to extend his grace to us when we least deserve it. Perhaps we should, with His help and with His grace, do the same.
How will you manifest Jesus and his grace to others today?