“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.” ~ 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 NIV
As I finished reading Breathing Grace by Harry Kraus, I was struck by one of the parallels he drew. We were all taught in school that we breathe in oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide. But our bodies can’t absorb all the oxygen we take in, leaving enough oxygen in our exhaled breath to save another’s life. That’s why mouth-to-mouth resuscitation works. It might not be as much oxygen as in the air, but it’s still a life-saving amount to the one unable to breathe at all.
The same can be said of grace. When we take in God’s grace, love, forgiveness, and comfort, the supply is greater than we can absorb in that moment. Leaving grace to pass along to others in need. And when we are saturated by grace, it is impossible not to breathe it out to those around us. It flows out of us as naturally as, well, breathing.
What about you? Are you exhaling grace into the lives of those around you? Why or why not?