What about grace? I was raised a Lutheran, and that is nearly always the first question I ask when I hear Christians get legalistic and judgmental. The Bible is often their proof that this is how Jesus would feel or what he would do. That makes me wonder if we know the same Christ.
If only it were it easy for us as adults to extend grace. It seems that whenever our pride, our passion, our convictions, or anything ‘near and dear’ to us is involved, it is harder to see our way to grace. One can be angry or hurt and still extend grace. God does it all the time for us.
People will always disagree about something. Agree to disagree and treat one another with respect and grace, even when it is hard. This is what Christ calls us to do.
This message is an excerpt from a Women of the ELCA blog by Tricia Niesche.
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