for from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. [john 1:16]
the second to last word of this verse, upon, can also be translated as the word, for. in john 1:16, for is derived from the greek word, ἀντὶ (pronounced “anti”). ἀντὶ means (a) in return for, in exchange for (b) because.
grace is translated in two ways, χάριν and χάριτος. both translations agree that the grace spoken of means (a) grace, as a gift or blessing brought to man by Jesus Christ, (b) favor, (c) gratitude, thanks, (d) a favor, kindness.
take a moment to read the verse again, but this time replace upon and grace with a synonymous meaning.
more important than the exact translation is who grace comes from! it is only by God that we are able to lavish grace upon others and ourselves. whether grace is given through an act of kindness, expression of gratitude, giving a gift with no strings attached, fulfilling a favor without having to be asked, or by giving thanks to God for his glory, we are to give it and receive it.
in what small way can you show grace to someone today even if you do not feel as if they deserve such?
~ angela younger