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I Wanna Give Grace To Somebody

Before you read any further, I’d like for you to please sing the title of this article with the Whitney Houston classic “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” in mind. Bonus points if you feel it in your bones like you’re on stage nailing a karaoke night.

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Grace is something we don’t talk about often enough and it shows.

To be fair, grace can be hard to grasp even when you begin to understand it. Grace defined by Google is “elegance or simple refined movement.” This may be the issue as to why we have trouble understanding biblical grace.

Grace would be really hard to come by with the way we humans tend to bulldoze through life like a bull in a china shop. Shout out to all the ballerinas and dancers in the room, you’ve got this form of grace locked in and we see you!

As far as biblical grace goes, Google and scripture both agree that this is the more favorable type of grace for you and me.

Biblical grace is “divine means of help or strength”, “unmerited gifts of divine favor”, or “kindness and help from God”.

This is the type of grace that pulls the Whitney Houston out of me when singing “I Wanna Give Grace to Somebody!”. The example Jesus sets for giving grace is freeing, and has been the catalyst for my faith journey deepening. This divine means of help, favor, and unmerited kindness from God is not just available to me, it’s available to you too.

Grace comes in handy when your fuse is short and it nearly blows with the demands of parenting. Grace is essential when you are having a hard day at work and desperately need the keys to your reserve of patience. Grace comes from God, and we’ve got to accept that to begin receiving it.

Jesus Gives Grace

In 2 Corinthians 12:9, Jesus says to Paul, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” As you read that again, I want you to recognize that this grace is made possible in our weakness.

Our flesh has tricked us into believing that showing signs of weakness is well.. weak. When we own our weakness in the eyes of Jesus, we are actually strong, bold, and courageous. He is where his strength comes from, not our flesh alone or our muscles.

Through my deepening understanding of God’s grace, I’ve been able to offload situations out of my control that I’d carried for too long. By God’s grace, I’ve been able to heal from trauma. I, myself, have started to give more grace out to others the more that I’ve accepted it. Grace is a beautiful, accessible gift, and my hope is that you are able to grasp that in this moment.

Grace Sets You Free

Our flesh can be a powerful restraint to our belief. I heard it said earlier this week, that just as much as Jesus knows the desires of our hearts, so does the enemy. That sneaky little devil knows what we want, though I can guarantee you grace is not what he is offering. Jesus is the powerhouse of grace and His grace sets us free from the constraints of the enemy. It is a mystery, this faith thing. Faith simply put, is believing in something unseen.

When we are so distracted and caught up with advertisements for everything, it’s no wonder we have trouble putting our belief in a God we can not see. God knew what would be happening. He knows everything. He saw the distractions coming at the start of humanity. That’s one reason why the bible is such an important read. Even if you start with a daily scripture, His word is powerful, active, and full of healing.

As we open our hearts to the idea of an all-powerful, sovereign God, the grace distribution begins. Jesus came to us, through God’s grace, and He got right to work with His holy boots on the ground. Jesus came down to do life with us face to face. He came to set us free.

Through the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John), we have an accessible, relatable example of how Jesus gave grace. Thanks to Jesus, our excuses about a faith unseen are obsolete. His time here on earth has proved for thousands of years that His grace is still working.

Grace Enables You to Live With Peace

To help better grasp the meaning of grace, I came across this acronym that sums it up quite perfectly.

G – Generosity, the will to do something more for others.

R – Respect, the dignity of life and work.

A – Action, the mechanism for change.

C – Compassion, the concern for others.

E – Energy, the spirit that catalyzes us.

Before you scoff at the idea of living out all these attributes to be grace-filled or “loving”, that is not what this article is saying. Grace is not earned, it is given. These attributes of grace don’t come from us at first. Grace comes from Jesus and Jesus brings us peace. It is not until we allow grace from Jesus and truly believe it will set us free, that we are able to actively live out grace as a human being.

This is where your challenge comes in. The holy moment where you take accountability for the grace you’ve already been given. If you have a pulse and reading this today, God still has a plan for you and it’s filled with His grace. Remember, this grace is not the elegant type of movement that you’ve seen in a well-rehearsed play. This is the “divine means of help or strength”, “unmerited gifts of favor”, or “kindness and help from God” kind of grace.

May the moment you spend reflecting on this kind of grace bring you peace. And the moment you forget it, I pray that Jesus reminds you that He is your starting place.

 

Local Pulse Writer & Holy Moments Columnist, Makenna Curtis

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Makenna Curtis is a Pensacola local with a BIG heart for her hometown. Motherhood, storytelling, helping others, and celebrating the small things in life are just a few of her favorite things. Makenna graduated the University of West Florida with a degree in Communications and Advertising in 2017. Her passion for living life to the fullest and connecting with others makes having a conversation or reading her work easy!