Genesis 12:2 (Amplified Bible) - “And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you {with an abundant increase of favors} and make your name famous and distinguished, and you will be a blessing {dispensing good to others}”

There's a really great song that says it all for me about grace, it's called Exhale by Plumb.  Listen to these powerful lyrics, "O God, we breathe in Your grace, we breathe in Your grace, and exhale.  O God, we don't just exist for ourselves, but to share Your grace and love and exhale"!!!!!  It goes on to say, “it’s okay to not be okay, this is a safe place, don't be ashamed, there's hope here".

This really describes a beautiful aspect of grace to me.  It's not just for ourselves.  True grace, God's favor, God's nearly too good to be true news - when we breathe it in - is given to us so that we can exhale grace. To "exhale" means to breathe out, to give out.  I love that.  So here’s how it works…first you inhale grace, breathe it in, then you exhale grace, you breathe it out.

The thing is, you need both to live, both working in your life, if you don't you’ll die.  When you inhale, you have to exhale, you have to get something out of you, you've got to release something.  For a Christian, to live a healthy Christian life, that something is His grace that's on the inside of you.  In Genesis 12:2 , it says, "We are blessed, to be a blessing".  We are blessed (inhale) to be a blessing (exhale).   

I think if we tilt in one direction too much, we get out of true grace.  Jesus said " freely you receive, freely give".  Again, you need both to be healthy, physically and spiritually, as a child of God!  So, INHALE, breath in God's unmerited favor, His love and grace, but find an avenue to EXHALE, to give it out.  The more you do it, it will become like your natural breathing, you just do it without thinking, it becomes so much a part of you.  Go ahead, breathe grace in and breathe it out to others…it’s fun!!!