All of us are thankful for grace when it is coming from God to us. But what about when grace is required toward others? Sometimes we act like the servant who was forgiven so much only to not forgive such a small debt.
Grace, “undeserved favor or kindness, mercy, compassion and generosity,” is to be found in human relationships and is strongly encouraged in Scripture.
Grace in relationships expressed as mercy and compassion
Ephesians 4:32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.
Why We Can Forgive?
God expressed His love for us through Christ. He covered our sins in Him. Thus, through faith in Jesus we are reconciled to God. In that light, surely we should be willing to cover sins done to us by other people. Not that we can forgive sin on God’s behalf, but we can do so in our relations to others.
Grace in relationships expressed as generosity and kindness
Galatians 6:9–10 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.
“Be Kind To All Your Students”
A Yale University president gave this advice to a former president of Ohio State: “Always be kind to your A and B students. Someday one of them will return to your campus as a good professor. But also be kind to your C students. Someday one of them will return and build you a two-million dollar science laboratory.”
1 Peter 4:10 As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.