“And the Lord had given the people favour in the sight of the Egyptians” (Exodus 12:36).

The children of Israel were under slavery in Egypt. Pharaoh terribly suppressed them. He tortured them by placing unbearable workloads on them. He commanded to kill all the male children by throwing them into the river.

But God helped them to receive grace in the eyes of the Egyptians. The same God will enable you also to receive grace from the eyes of those who hate you without any grounds and your enemies. The Scripture says, “When a man’s ways please the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him” (Proverbs 16:7).

Those who stay as your enemies today will turn into your friends with helping hands. The Scripture says, “Out of the eater came something to eat, and out of the strong came something sweet” (Judges 14:14).

See! The children of Israel were able to receive ornaments of gold and silver and also the best ones of the land in plenty from the Egyptians as they found grace in their eyes. As God enabled them to receive grace, they were able to depart from Egypt with wealth in abundance.

The Scripture says that Jesus increased in wisdom and stature and in favour with God and men (Luke 2:52). He required the grace of Mary to give birth to Him and that of Joseph to nurture Him. He was in need of the grace of the rich man from Arimathea to carry out the burial of His body.

So, you should not value the grace of men cheaply. God is gracious that He enables you to receive the grace of men when you live in this world. Proverbs 19:22 defines kindness as "What is desired in a man is kindness."

At the same time, you should not forget one thing. You should not always rely upon others for your needs but should live as one always willing to lend a helping hand to others. Speaking in a loving and comforting manner itself is grace. Helping the poor financially is also a grace. Inquiring the people living in distress with care and concern and to visit the sick with love are also graces.

"With the merciful you will show yourself merciful" says Psalm 18:25. Grace and mercy move together. “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy” (Matthew 5:7). Dear children of God, may He enable you to receive grace from the eyes of men and also the higher officials in your work spot!

To meditate: “You have done all these great things, to make your servant know them” (II Samuel 7:21).