After Awhile

Now that all of us have been “in place” for this extended time, we have all been and have rubbed people the wrong way.

An aunt of mine once said that “relatives who stay more than three days with you become like cheese —they stink!”

While graphic as this adage may be, some or much truth abides therein.

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).

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.

In the movie The Lorax many persons played a role 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.

As the cryptic line in The Lorax proclaims “Unless someone like you cares whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” Dr. Seuss

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