One definition of grace is a manifestation of favor, especially by a superior. There is none more superior than GOD, and no grace greater than what He gives. So, we as Christians are called to show grace. One aspect of this grace is respect.
“ The grace life respects not only elders and people of authority but everyone it encounters.” – David Jeremiah
I work part-time in a small office and have been impressed by the respectfulness of those around me when they are talking to customers on the phone. I love shopping at Publix because of the wonderful customer service that is extended to everyone, rich or poor. I feel good when I see Publix hires learning disabled adults, giving them self-respect.
But, Jesus is our best example when it comes to respect. He was respectful, yet truthful to the woman at the well. He was respectful to the little children when His disciples would have turned them away. He was respectful to those who came to Him, in their broken and sinful state, seeking forgiveness. How much more should we, then, who have received grace, extend that grace to all around us?
I am reminded of these verses from Luke:
11 If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish? 12 Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? 13 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”
My challenge today is to show grace to all I meet, for God has reached down in His grace and forgiven me.