"Surely you have heard about the administration of God’s grace that was given to me for you, the mystery made known to me by revelation..." Ephesians 3:2-3 NIV
Paul is writing this to the Ephesian church. He was under house arrest for obeying Christ in spite of opposition.
As I was pondering this verse, my spirit started speaking to me. This is the reason that I, we, need to have grace for others. God, in His grace, gave us Jesus as our sacrifice of grace, so we should also be able to show grace to those that God brings into our lives.
Do you know what grace means? Simply put, its allowing someone that has hurt you, annoyed you or even attacked you--to be totally forgiven. To have space in your heart & spirit for total forgiveness. Not forgiveness only if you are asked for forgiveness--but grace to the person even if you never ever hear a word of a repented heart or spirit. Do you understand?
It's not easy for us I think. Sometimes it seems that we need to make people squirm a little. That we enjoy that power we have over them for awhile. But is that what Jesus did? Did He sacrifice His very life for us only after we asked for forgiveness? No, He did His complete act of grace for us, for you--before we were even born. Shouldn't we humbly do likewise?
Sometimes, we are like Paul. Except we put ourselves under "house arrest". Not for doing what our Father wants us to--but for NOT doing what He has requested for us to. It may also be a mystery to us when God tells us what He tells us. But we need to do what our spirit tells us anyway. No questions asked.
"However, he has given each one of us a special gift, or grace, through the generosity of Christ." Ephesians 4:7 NLT