“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God…we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works.” Ephesians 2:8-10
Many years ago, while working at a summer camp, I learned a valuable lesson.
Two friends and I had a conflict with another individual. That’s when a brother in Christ came to me, addressed the conflict, and gently pointed out a couple areas where I had been wrong in the disagreement. So, I went to the individual, apologized, and sought forgiveness. We talked it over and reconciled.
few months later, during a camp staff reunion, my two friends invited me to join in a conversation about the same individual who we had the conflict with before. Their tone was negative. We were in a dark room, and we couldn’t see who was around us. My friends pressed me, but I declined. I explained to them that the individual and I had resolved our conflict months earlier. Therefore, there was no need to have a negative discussion about him. I was thankful for the individual’s grace, as I had wronged him. Quickly, my friends moved on to another discussion.
Little did I know, the individual was in the room with us. He heard the whole conversation. I learned this the next day when he came to thank me for doing the right thing.
it possible to truly understand grace if we have never been in need of it? May we be filled with the kind of the grace and love that Jesus has shown to us. May it overflow into genuine good works toward others.
Father, thank You for your grace. Help me to see others through Your eyes and have compassion to those who need Your grace. Amen