by Kenneth Allan Clark © copyright 2012.
John 1:16 And of his fullness, we have all received, and grace for grace.
Jesus Christ is full to overflowing with grace and truth, and God desires to pour out this abounding grace and truth upon us. Grace is the undeserved favour of God. For example, we don’t deserve God’s forgiveness for our sins, but God freely forgives our sins. However there is a condition; like God our Father we should freely forgive those who sin against us
Matthew 6:12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen. 14 For if you forgive men their trespasses, your Father in the sky will also forgive you: 15 But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
When God forgives our sins, he extends grace towards us. Do we deserve forgiveness? No! When we forgive others we extend the grace that God poured out upon us upon others. Do they deserve forgiveness? No! But God is our Father, and just as God has poured out love, grace and forgiveness upon us, we to should pour out love, grace and forgiveness upon others.
So when we receive the fullness of Christ, we also receive a cycle of love for love; forgiveness for forgiveness; mercy for mercy; grace for grace. The more love, forgiveness, mercy and grace of God we pour out upon others, the more love, forgiveness, mercy and grace God will pour out upon us; this is grace for grace.
Luke 6:38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that you measure out to others it shall be measured back to you.
For more on God's Love, go to publication "God's Love and Forgiveness". For more on God's out pouring of love, forgiveness, mercy and grace upon us, go to booklet "Overflowing with blessings".