Day 18: Spread Love Like Jelly Challenge (Grant Grace)

Mar 1, 2016 by

Day 18: Spread Love Like Jelly Challenge (Grant Grace)

Day 18: Spread Love Like Jelly Challenge (Grant Grace)

One of the things that shows those around me that I love them is when I give them grace. It’s important to note here that I am terrible at this particular skill. I have a really bad tendency of pointing out to my students when they are falling short of my expectations, I am quick to tell my husband that he’s wrong, and I find myself regularly using the words “I told you so”, even though I know better. I know that it’s unkind and yet, I do it anyway. I’m sometimes a jerk.

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Giving grace to others is not easy. It’s showing kindness to someone even when (especially when) they do not deserve it. I’m specifically focusing on showing grace with my words and actions today. More specifically, I’m focused on showing grace to my husband. (Because lately I’ve kind of wanted to kick him.) (Not hard.) (Ok, maybe a little hard.)

I know that true grace can come only from God. I’ve heard sermon after sermon reminding me not to misuse the word grace…. But I think that granting grace to others is something that, as a Christian, needs to be a priority. It is how we show others that we are different. It’s how we model our life after Christ’s…

In doing this, I have found it is helpful to remind myself that my heart is filled with love. That way, when I am responding to the incorrectly loaded dishwasher, I’m less likely to respond in an unkind way. Instead, I will simply be thankful the dishes made it off the counter and into the dishwasher to begin with. Really…. I’m trying. I’m trying to not be irritated that the knives are wrong side up and that plastic is on the bottom rack. I’m trying not to notice that there would be room for 10 more coffee mugs on the top shelf if only he would have done it the way I showed him just last week. I’m trying not to call him in here and ask him to redo it… I’m trying…. I think I need you to pray for me.

Marriage is hard work. Grace is hard work. Both are worth it.

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Being gracious isn’t a miraculous new theory on how to live life. I obviously know that. The bible tells us to be gracious and to use an outpouring of grace to spread the love of God. I’m being conscious of how I respond to and speak to my husband today and working toward showing him grace in my words and actions even if I’m pretty sure he loads the dishwasher wrong on purpose.

How will you show grace to others today? Today I challenge you to think about how you react to those around you. Do you grant them grace?

 

Colossians 4:6 “Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.”

 

 


Did you miss the beginning of this series? Not sure what I’m talking about or why? Pop back over to the instructions page to see the brain child behind #spreadlovelikejelly

Day 1: Love yourself

Day 2: Compliment Someone

Day 3: Send a handwritten note

Day 4: Writing Challenge

Day 5: Have Patience

Day 6: It’s the Little Things

Day 7: Random Acts of Kindness

Day 8: Speak Love

Day 9: Find Inspiration

Day 10: Choose Love

Day 11: Put Others First

Day 12: Speak Kindly

Day 13: Be Present

Day 14: Feel the Love

Day 15: Love Your Pets

Day 16: Embrace God’s Love

Day 17: Leap Day Love


“Nothing can make our lives, or the lives of other people, more beautiful than perpetual kindness.” –Tolstoy

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