Here are four reasons why Christians need to show more grace. Maybe you can leave a comment with a fifth reason.
We’ve Been Given Grace
Since we’ve been given and shown such amazing grace by God, why shouldn’t we also extend this grace to others? We are no better than the lost, and it is only by the grace of God that we are still not headed down the broad path that leads to destruction (Matt. 7:13). We did nothing to merit our salvation because, as Paul wrote in Ephesians 2:8-9, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”
We’re Growing in Grace
If we have something growing, that means we have more of it. And if we have more of it, why not give it away? In fact, we are commanded to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity” (2 Pet. 3:18). If we grow in grace, we have more grace to give to others, right? Peter prayed that this “grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord” (2 Pet 2:1). When we show others the grace of God, they are more likely to receive this free gift of eternal life (Rom 6:23).
Being Opposed to God
Yes, we can be opposed to God, even the Christian, which is why Peter wrote, “Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble'” (1 Pet. 5:5). James also reiterates, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble” (James 4:6). Now would anyone really want to be opposed by God? Certainly we wouldn’t, so we should show more grace, and this grace is found in humility.
Christians have the great privilege of coming to God and this throne of grace, as the author of Hebrews writes, “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Heb. 4:16), “for it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, not by foods, which have not benefited those devoted to them” (Heb. 13:9). We can be strengthened by grace and find grace in our time of need. The Word of God, Jesus Christ, was “full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). He extended this grace toward others, and so should we.
We need to show more grace because we’ve been given such an abundance of grace; we can grow in this grace; God will oppose us if we’re full of pride, which prohibits our receiving grace; and we have access to the grace of God, which are all the more reasons that we need to show more grace to others and to one another in the body of Christ, the church.