…”Peace be with you!” John 20:19

How would you respond to a group of fellow workers if you were their leader and you poured your life into them, teaching them all you know for three years, only to have them disband and go their own way when troubles came? What would you say to them after you were reunited for the first time? Perhaps you might scold them. Perhaps you might cite each one’s offense. At the least, you might shame them for their lack of faithfulness and courage.

After Jesus was crucified and raised from the dead, He appeared to the disciples. His first words to them were, “Peace be with you!” The word grace means “unmerited favor.” When someone loves you unconditionally, without regard to your behavior in return, it becomes a powerful force in your life. Such was the case for the disciples when Jesus appeared to them. They could have expected reprimand. Instead, they received unconditional love and acceptance. He was overjoyed to see them. They were equally overjoyed to see Him.

Jesus understood that the disciples needed to fail Him as part of their training. It would be this failure that became their greatest motivation for service. Failure allowed them to experience incredible grace for the very first time. Grace would transform them as human beings.

Have you experienced this grace in your life? Have you extended grace to those who have hurt you? Can you let go of any wrongs that have come through friends or associates? The grace you extend may change their lives – and yours.


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  • Warren Cox

    Mr Hillman,

    I think if you were to visit Dr. Henry Wright, and ask him the actual definition of grace, he would probably explain the “unmerited favor” is actually God’s mercy; but if “unmerited favor” isn’t even in the Greek or Hebrew definitions of “grace” where do we go for the truth!

    I for one believe it’s time the church as a whole turn away from this false definition, that can take volumes to explain, instead of embracing “divine influence on the human heart, and it’s reflection in the life” which is the largest part of the actual definition for grace.

    This actual definition alone makes explaining what happens in the Christian life so simple. From the incubus of hearing the Living Word, and agreeing, to the completing of what He has begun as we breathe our last, with the Holy Spirit tutoring all the way home, it just can’t get any easier to display.

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