Grace is defined as the spontaneous, unmerited gift of the divine favor of God. It is by grace that we are saved from our sin. When my youngest son was a teenager, he disobeyed my request by having his girlfriend at my house after a certain time. I guess he was feeling himself because he decided to be rude and disrespectful in front of her when I asked why she was still at the home. When I heard the word come out of his mouth, it cut through my heart like a knife. I told him to get out of my house and that I didn't care where he went. I teared up, went into my room, got down on my knees and prayed to God. My son had never disrespected me before, so I was shocked. He was gone for about two weeks before his dad called and asked that I let him come back home. I thought long and hard about it. He told him that he would need to apologize to me first and to never do it again. The Holy Spirit convicted me by telling me that I have sinned against God many times and each time I asked for forgiveness God extended His grace towards me and forgave my sins. So, I had to do the same for my son. I told him I forgave him and allowed him to come back home.
When you make plans to rise early to get in God's presence, you might feel too tired, forget to set the alarm or begin doing other things that are less important than spending time with God. But what does God do? He extends grace to you because He is a gracious God. When people do or say unpleasant things to you, remember how God reacts to you. He shows you His grace. It is by grace that you are forgiven. So, let it be by grace that you forgive others. Let grace be your morning mindset and keep in mind throughout the day the unmerited gift of divine favor that God gives you.