When we talk about God’s grace it is defined as unmerited favor. Something we are given by God in abundance even though we don’t deserve it.
Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. John 1:16
The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 1 Timothy 1:14
God’s grace is what allows us into His presence. We mere mortals are invited by the creator of the entire universe to hang out with Him. Chew on that for just a second.
So how come we don’t show each other more grace? This thought, witnessed all too often every day, became a thorn in my side.
A few years ago I had a thought. A passing, fleeting thought that morphed into a vague idea that sat at the back of my mind and slowly marinated while I went about my life. As time went on this idea grew into something with a little more form, but it was still hazy. Not until I quit my job did the plan come into view.
Develop a website with monthly posts from a bunch of writers at different life stages with different viewpoints who write on the very same subject each month.
Once the concept was born I began assembling my team and working on a title. Turns out that gathering a writing team is much easier than figuring out what to call a website, but the word “grace” kept niggling at me, that thorn that won’t ease up.
When talking to his disciples, Jesus told them to love one another so people would know they were his. (John 13:35) He didn’t say, “Unless you don’t agree with them. Then by all means, be as hateful and rude as you’d like.” And yet I continually see Christians treating each other less than kind because of a theological difference of opinion.
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Ephesians 4:32
It doesn’t stop there, though. We are also told to respond to non-Christians with grace, something that escapes so many Christ-followers.
Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. Colossians 4:6
Not only do many Christians respond to fellow believers with hatred and vitriol, they respond to non-Christians in the same way. So not Christ-like. So not kingdom-building. So not cool.
This idea of grace will gush from this website. I want women to realize that this gift of grace is for every one of them as much as anyone else. I want our writers to be gracious towards each other when their theology doesn’t align. I want our readers to see grace played out in the articles and the conversations. On this website, I want the idea of grace to be walked not just talked.
And that’s what “Grace” has to do with it. I just figured “and Such” would cover everything else.
So my thought became an idea that turned into a plan that is now a website about grace. And such. I hope everyone – the writers and the readers – enjoy learning from each other how to walk out this precious gift called grace..and such in their own lives.
So what does “grace” mean to you?