There are nuances of color and shape and texture and pattern in the painting around the words on purpose–that is how grace is. When we listen for it, God tailors it to each of us. When we soak it in, we give grace to each person according to their NEED, not what we want to give. For some reason, I only used the last half of this verse:
Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.
We are called to give grace to all people, all the time. We are called to love and build up one another. If we see someone choosing sin, we are to use words that are caring and understanding, not judgemental. We are to fill our lives with grace for ourselves and others. Building each other up and giving each other more opportunities to extend grace, as we would want them to extend it to us.
As I said in the last post, part of the great thing about our Bible is that we get to read it and hear God speaking to us, when we listen. There is a big difference between just hearing and this: listening, taking it in, making it our own, living it, letting it soak into our being, and then following it. That is a lot more active. Isn’t that how grace should work? It is in the believing that we deserve God’s grace. And so does everyone else. Not in a greedy way–but that we are capable of it, that He loves us so much, that it is for each one of us. That He died for you and me and everyone.