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Erring on the side of Grace


Erring on the side of Grace

Mark Junkans

I admit, I don't always treat others with grace.

I've been forgiven so much in my life, yet I am often critical of others who I don't agree with, or who don't agree with me.  Everyday for me is a reminder that for someone like myself who has been forgiven so much, I need to learn to forgive faster.  Even more than that, I need to treat others with respect and love, no matter how unloveable I feel someone is being at the time.  

Here are five things I will try to do to show grace:

  1. Daily remember the grace that God showed me in my baptism
  2. Re-read the Scriptures that remind me of God's forgiveness and grace for me.
  3. Be slow to criticize others for thinking differently than I.
  4. Put the best construction on everything, including perceived insults.
  5. Stop using sarcasm as a defense mechanism and be respectful of others, even if they don't sense my snarky-ness.

Eph. 2:8 Because by grace you have salvation through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is given by God:  9 Not by works, so that no man may take glory to himself.