We have all received grace.
~John 1:16

I opened the email and read the first few sentences with a heavy heart. Clearly, my friend was upset with me, even though I didn’t think I had done anything wrong. My first reaction was to defend myself from her accusations. My fingers hesitated over the keyboard, ready to type out a terse reply. But God stopped me. I took in a slow deep breath and exhaled.

“You, too, have lashed out at others,” God reminded me. “You too, have felt the fear and resentment that seeps in when we view someone as an enemy, as “other.” You know the pain your friend is feeling.”

I pondered His words for quite some time. “What is it that you show us?” I asked, although I already knew the answer. “You show us grace, even when we are not deserving,” I said.

My fingers slowly typed out a message. “I am sorry that I have caused you pain. I love you and hope that we can repair this rupture between us.” I pressed the send button and breathed a sigh of relief. God extends grace to me. I can extend it to my friend. Hopefully, she will extend it to me. Hopefully we all will extend it to each other.

 

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