My Bible titles these two sections of Romans 12 as Gifts of Grace and Marks of a True Christian. These things both have a lot to do with building your legacy. I’ve talked about giving yourself grace when it comes to managing your time. But the point here is that we must receive the grace given to us by Christ. And we need to pour that out on others as well.
Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:9-21
A Legacy of Grace
I just want to break down this verse into some keywords. These keywords are what a legacy of grace is all about.
As I read this passage over and over, these words stuck out to me. Mostly because they happen more than once, or they overlap ideas within the verses. Paul wants us to serve one another because when we do so, we show honor to others and to God. Serving others shows grace. It removes our thoughts, desires, and motives. Really, even if we do something for a selfish motive, if we begin to serve, God will often change our hearts and attitudes.
Grace is looking for the needs of others. Trusting God to take care of you and working to care for others.
How are you showing grace to others each day?