When you think of grace, what comes to mind? Blessing? Or something else? From a Biblical point of view, grace is the love and mercy given to us by God because God desires us to have it, not necessarily because of anything we have done to earn it. It if a free gift from God. Pure and simple.
When you read the title “Tainted Grace” what did you think? Were you offended that I would say that? Today as I tried to read my devotion from Priscilla Shirer, I was distracted by the words “tainted grace”. Those were not her words; no, she was discussing forgiveness. I was thinking of the grace I show others when I heard “tainted grace”.
Showing grace to others is part of loving them through Christ. Overlooking offenses, forgiving betrayals, or having a relationship with someone who is difficult are all part of showing grace for me. I have people in my life who need to see what grace looks like; however, my grace is tainted. It is spoiled because of my sin. My pride gets in the way and I have some hurt feelings that I cannot get over. My grace is not like God’s, it is not free or pure.
No, I would say that my grace has a cost associated with it. It cost me dearly at times and that cost is my pride. I have to swallow my pride to show grace when I am hurt. I have to look deep within me when my judging blinds me. I have to repent before I can actually show grace, extend forgiveness. My grace is tainted by my sin.
“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weakness, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9. “My power is made perfect in weakness”, He shows me how to show grace in my weakness. He has more than enough grace for me, I need to have the excess grace flow through me to others.
My grace is tainted, but His grace is more than enough for you and for me. I will walk the walk as He keeps showing me how to show others grace. And where I fall flat on my face. Proverbs 10:12 “Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses.” This is grace shown to others. Pride blinds us to our flaws and our sins. I am thankful that God’s grace is a gift I do not have to earn!
I hope this blog makes you think about how you show others grace…tainted as it might be.