I’m going to share a bit of advice that has helped me with you today. I’m generally a happy person. I like to be nice to people, and I sort of expect that people would be nice to me if I’m nice to them. That’s not unreasonable, right? I don’t think so.
However, on some days, I come across some people who, no matter how nice I try to be, they just don’t reciprocate. Like the lady at the register at the grocery store. OR the guy who just cut me off after I picked up my kids from school. Although I don’t always WANT TO be nice, I choose NOT to act unkindly. I don’t act or treat them how they deserve to be treated. I give them GRACE. Give her a break, I think, maybe she’s having a bad day. Maybe something lousy is going on at home. As for the guy who cut me off, maybe he’s running late to get his own kids… or maybe he is rushing to a sick spouse??? I don’t know. I just try to give him the benefit of the doubt. Grace.
God gives us grace everyday. If He didn’t, we would get what we deserve. I don’t know about you, but I don’t think I deserve much. And whatever it is I deserve, it’f probably not anything good.
So, dear friends, next time someone does something unkind to you, give them grace. You’ll blow them away by being kind (if they notice,) but more importantly, you’ll extend what’s been given to you. AND you won’t lose your cool. 🙂
Ephesians 2:8-9New Living Translation (NLT)
God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.
1 Corinthians 15:10New Living Translation (NLT)
But whatever I am now, it is all because God poured out his special favor on me—and not without results. For I have worked harder than any of the other apostles; yet it was not I but God who was working through me by his grace.
Romans 11:6New Living Translation (NLT)
And since it is through God’s kindness, then it is not by their good works. For in that case, God’s grace would not be what it really is—free and undeserved.