In an AP Human Geography yesterday the class watch the move The Lorax.
For those not familiar with the move, it is a story in which one person comes up with an invention which brings riches to him.
The cost of his success escalated in the loss of all trees and complete destruction of the current world, in that location.
Other characters portray this same arrogance, bullying, pride, dominance, greed, and avarice.
Centuries ago, Paul wrote about attitudes and lifestyles which are polar opposite to those qualities and vices.
Paul wrote to a community in Ephesus: “Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love” (Ephesians 4:2 NLT).
While people and relationships survive and thrive with grace, they also shrivel and die because of arrogance and greed.
Paul wrote to the community in Corinth “Love patiently accepts all things” (1 Corinthians 13:7 NCV).
In the original Greek, this literally means “covered with a roof.”
In the same way, biblical love covers a relationship and lets some things slide.
We need a roof on our relationship because people damage pretty easily, and we need the kind of love that extends grace.
Why is grace essential to relationships?
Paul also wrote in Romans 3:10 that no one always does what is right. Nobody gets it right 100 percent of the time.
As in the movie, The Lorax, many person have a role to play in the destruction of the larger reality — it’s never just one person’s fault.
There’s always a responsibility on many sides.
It takes two people to disagree!
We have to learn to extend grace to each other, because forgiveness is a two-way street.
We cannot receive what we’re unwilling to give to other people.
When we accept others as they are, looking past their faults for the sake of love, that’s extending grace.