Grace is something that most Christians would claim to understand. Its a very churchy word associated with the sacrifice of God, specifically the sacrifice that Jesus made on the cross. Loosely defined Grace is the idea that God has given us unmerited favor using the sacrifice of Jesus in our place, but so what? Yes, this idea is essential for forming Christian identity, but how should grace impact how we live as followers of Jesus?
In 2 Corinthians 12:8-9 Paul says "Three times I prayed for the Lord to take it away from me, 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 about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me." God told Paul that his grace was sufficient for him, and this in turn empowered Paul to act without fear of human imperfection, but boldly live out the will of God. See the power of Grace is that it empowers God's people, and frees us from the guilt that would otherwise hinder us from building the kingdom of God around us.
So first, accept the grace that God has given to you, strive each day towards Jesus boldly and without fear. Build the kingdom without apology knowing God has already empowered you with himself. Second, use grace to empower others. This means more than just forgiving others, but treating them with a fresh start each day, and allowing them the opportunity to build the kingdom along side you.
Prayer: Lord I pray that you help us understand the depth of your grace. Help us show that same grace to others, and feel the power you have provided us with. May we build your kingdom, and live for you boldly. Amen.