How to Show Grace to Others

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Hi there friends! We’re sliding into the middle of July, and summer is almost over. We have two more weeks of “Summer Sizzle,” and then I’ll be back to posting regularly. It’s been a whirlwind of a summer but I’m grateful! I love today’s post from my friend Dawn, at Above the Waves, because it’s about one of my favorite subjects; grace. I think we can all use a lesson in grace every so often. Actually, more than every do often, we need these lessons daily!

Enjoy!

Showing grace to others is about showing kindness even when they don’t deserve it.  God has shown such grace to us.  We, in turn, are asked to show grace to each other. Here are nine ways to extend grace to others:

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Words

Be kind and gentle in what you say and how you say it.

“A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” Proverbs 15:1 (ESV)

Look for Needs and Opportunities

simple everyday kindnesses and actions often help in great ways. Here are a few ideas to start with…

Simple Acts of Kindness:

How to Show Grace to Others

 

“Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.” Romans 12:10 (ESV)

Let it Go

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Respond to others with grace.

Sometimes people are going to be rude.  Instead of responding harshly, keep a calm spirit.

“It is an honor for a man to keep aloof from strife, but every fool will be quarreling.”  Proverbs 20:3 (ESV)

Be There

Sometimes your presence is all that’s needed to show someone they’re loved. Be happy with the person who’s happy.  Be sad with the person who’s sad.

“Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.” Romans 12:15 (ESV)

Forgive

When someone asks you to forgive, do so graciously and without correction.

“For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” Matthew 6:14-15

Learn to Ask for Forgiveness

Be quick to apologize when you make a mistake or have wronged someone else.

“So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24 leave your gift there before the altar and go. First, be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.” Matthew 5:23-24 (ESV)

Watch the Way You Speak

Be careful how you express yourself.

“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” Ephesians 4:29 (ESV)

Gratitude

Say thank you often and let people know how much you appreciate them.

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (ESV)

Take an Interest in Others

Learn about other people, ask them questions, listen and care.

“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.” Philippians 2:3 (ESV)

Who can you be gracious towards today?

Dawn is a freelance writer and Christian blogger who loves encouraging women to keep their focus on Jesus.  She’s the author of Look to Jesus:  How to Let Go of Worry and Trust God.  She’s a wife and mom to two teens.  A Seattle girl, she loves books and coffee. You can find her at Above the Waves

 

 

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