My word for 2016:
GRACE defined: (noun)
- The exercise of love, kindness, or good will; disposition to benefit or serve another.
- The divine favour towards man; the undeserved kindness of forgiveness of God; divine love or pardon.
- Beauty, physical, intellectual, or moral; easy elegance of manners; perfection of form.
In this past year I have been hurt by those I didn't expect would ever hurt me...those who are the closest to me. The first reaction when that happens is either to lash out and pay in kind or to withdraw and start building walls to keep yourself from getting hurt.
If I choose to lash out I will end up not liking myself and alienating those that I really, really love.
If I choose to withdraw and build walls to protect myself against hurt, I will lose out on the love that I would have received if I stayed open and receptive to those around me.
This year's word is something that I cannot do in my own strength...I am going to need the Lord's power to extend grace to those who hurt me and those who I come into contact with. I cannot love them in my own strength when they don't deserve it. I want to flow in grace and forgiveness. I want to share this beautiful song with you.
Grace is undeserved love that benefits or serves another.
Grace is kindness and forgiveness even when they don't deserve it.
Grace is a choice and a challenge.
Grace will keep away bitterness.
Thank you for reading♥
Do you have one little word to live by this year?
Please share it with me♥