Showing grace with others’ mishaps

Actress Carol Burnett got out of a cab one day and accidentally caught her coat in the door. The driver was unaware of her plight, and slowly began to edge out into traffic. To keep from being pulled off her feet, Burnett had to run alongside the cab all the way down the block. It was a terrifying ordeal.

A passerby noted her predicament and quickly alerted the driver by flagging him down. He stopped, jumped out, and released Miss Burnett’s coat. “Ma’am, I’m so sorry. Are you alright?” he asked anxiously.

“Yes,” she gasped, “but how much more do I owe you?”Carol Burnett

People are going to make mistakes. And sometimes those mistakes will impact you. But as Christians, we have to be able to see those mistakes for what they are—not malicious attacks against us, but honest errors—so that we can be quick to show grace and forgiveness.

“Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”

— Colossians 4:5-6

Don’t blow accidents out of proportion and make mountains out of a molehills. Give others the benefit of the doubt when it comes to life’s mishaps. When you do, you’ll save relationships and show others the love and grace of Christ that was given to you!

Part 1 of the upcoming 5-part series entitled “What is my Purpose” is about love:

Love: loving God and neighbor, in response to His overwhelming love for us.

Part 1 begins this Sunday at Wesley United Methodist Church— Services at 8, 9:45, and 11:15am.  

To learn more, be there!

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