As Christians we have ample opportunity to respond with grace to those we work with. Will we?
Much of the work we do today involves significant interaction with others; from quick instant messages to day-long meetings.
In this communication we inevitably will deal with people who are, or seem to be, irrational, unfair, or at the least, very frustrating.
It is in these times that we have the opportunity to reply with grace, not because it’s fair, but precisely because it isn’t. And that’s the point – grace isn’t fair, and we have been lavished with it; not to hoard but to extend.
Yet this doesn’t come easily or naturally. I experienced this recently where I had to respond to an email, and though my reply wasn’t ungracious, it could have been much more loving.
This is doubly important as our response is not only seen or heard by the recipient, but by those around who are part of the communication, and they are watching, especially if they know you are a Christian.
As you go into this week, look for opportunities to extend and respond with grace because of the wonderful grace you have received.
Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.
Colossians 4:6 ESV
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