Grace, this is a hard word to accept.
It means you are given a good gift you don’t deserve. It means receiving what God deemed good with thanksgiving. The theme verse for this series is 1 Timothy 4:4. In this verse it says not to reject what is received with appreciation because God created what is good. I realized when I moved out of my parents’ house to live with my roommates that experiencing close relationships with anyone takes giving and receiving. I had to give time by contributing to the chores or cooking meals for us all, and I received community from them and a place of belonging. This took a lot of grace but I have great relationships with my roommates. The bottom line is that GRACE is the best position…in bed. As with any relationship, what you give to it is what you will receive from it. Another way of saying it is the best position in bed is to graciously give and receive.
No matter the stage of life you are in, this truth is something anyone can grow in. One of my favorite verses about grace is found in Hebrews 4:16. It says to “come humbly before the throne of grace.” This is why anyone can grow personally, because it takes humility to give and receive from other people. It means going out of your way to know what others need, but it also means being vulnerable to share what your needs are, I think this is especially true in marriage. Learning this principle can grow you and your relationships because people need grace.
A way to apply this principle is to learn more about relationships, including marriage, dating, and singleness. RightNow Media is a great resource our church offers to you for free. If you are married, consider “Extraordinary Marriage,” by Pete Briscoe or “Staying in Love” by Andy Stanley. If you’re single, despite what many people think, singleness is not a disease. It’s not the lesser option. Singleness is God’s gift to you today. Learn more about that gift in the study “Thrive” by Lina Abujamra. For young people looking to date, you should know about Michael Todd’s book on “Relationship Goals. ”I offer these resources to say that grace takes work and this is a way to learn more so that you can apply this principle.
How do you give grace?
What does it mean for you to give and receive?
Why do you think grace can be a hard word to accept?
Ask your spouse or important people in your life, “What do you need”?
Watch one of the resources on RightNow Media.
God, thank you for creating good gifts. I don’t deserve it but out of grace, you give anyway. I pray that I would have an open heart to give and receive. I pray that I would come humbly before your throne of grace. You say that when I do I will receive grace and mercy in time of need. I pray for an increase of grace over my relationships. In Jesus’ name, amen.
This post was written by Rebecca Roberts, a regular contributor to the LivingItOut Bible Study.
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