“Be kind to one another, tender-hearted,
forgiving one another, just as God
through Christ has forgiven you.”
Did you read what my husband Ian wrote
in this space last week about the value of
the time he spends down in the gully
behind our house? I smiled as I read that
because you know what? To me that gully
is just a big time and money sink! But I am
learning to be gracious and accept that my
way is not the only way of seeing things.
God makes us all wondrously different, and
often we just don’t appreciate how different
we are. We have different needs, different
strengths and weaknesses, different ways
of worshipping, praying and serving.
Grace is a word you will be familiar with if
you have been in church circles for a while.
You probably know that it means
‘undeserved favour’. We love it that God
shows grace towards us, forgiving us and
accepting us and loving us despite all our
But there’s another side to grace too. We
are called to show grace to others. To not
judge, but to be accepting of differences
and to show others God’s love. Can we do
that? Only with God’s help! Let’s ask him to
help us to be gracious.