Life is absolutely full of opportunities to give grace to others, isn't it? To overlook faults and failures, to extend grace when shoved aside or actively sinned against? To cover up sin in love and look through the lens of Christ's atoning blood instead of our oft self-righteous me-first attitude that demands the best and highest in the universe's treatment of ourselves as God's gift to mankind.
Though we may not say it quite like that, is not this the attitude which surfaces from our hearts whenever someone cuts us off on the freeway or manages to sneak into line in front of us in the overcrowded press at Walmart? What if a fellow Christian does something or says something that's offensive, different, or certainly not what we would do? Is our first reaction to say to ourselves, 'Christ is transforming them just as He is doing with me' and extend grace? Or is our reaction to mentally log away in our book of self-righteousness the things they did or said which were "incorrect?"
Oh were we to extend grace to those around us - what a difference it would make! Were we to mentally put ourselves on the back-burner of life and start preferring others before ourselves, what a change we would see! We all need grace and we have already received so much of it. We have been given the grace of Jesus Christ on the cross! How can we dare do any less than extend to others what Christ has so freely and abundantly given to us? Let us show forth His love and pour forth His grace today.