God extends grace to us, and loves us unconditionally.
Now, I understand this theoretically. It’s not something that I fully believe at this stage, but I can certainly get my mind around it. I’m looking for an action plan though; things that I can actually do in order to start trying to live a more ‘Christian’ life.
What I can bring into my own life, however, is the capacity to extend grace to other people. Unconditional love. Treating others well. I can do that. I can extend grace to strangers and those that I love.
But there’s this tricky middle group that’s posing a problem.
For example, there’s a woman at work who was really rude to me last week, and I plan to be quite snippy to her tomorrow, because I don’t want her to think she can be disrespectful to me. If I don’t let her know of my irritation, then she will think that I’m a pushover and where will it end?
(OK, that’s embarrassing, but it really is the way that my mind works)
Grace. It sounds so simple, but when it comes right down to it, how do we extend grace to others when it’s hard?
I’m fairly sure that when Jesus told us to love each other, he didn’t mean; “Love everyone, except people who disrespect you. Or people who take advantage of you and who keep getting away with it. Or that guy at work who is totally incompetent and no one will tell him, so you really should take it on yourself to do it”
I imagine that he wanted us to extend grace to the tricky people. Those who push our buttons. Especially those people.
So tell me, how do you live a more grace-full life?