Generous With Grace

I did see a multifaceted application though, of course. God wants us to be generous with our produce and income, willing to share with those who have less and are in true need.

Yet let’s not forget also another generousity, forgiveness and mercy. Jesus spoke on judging others in Matthew 7

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. 3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. 6 “Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces. [Matthew 7:1-6]

Being an overly critical person shows a stinginess to grant grace for others shortcomings and personal failures. Sure we are called to not delight in sin “1 Cor 13 tells us “Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth” yet this same passage says “Love is patient, love is kind, it is not proud, it is not rude, it does not envy, it does not boast, it keeps no record of wrongs” it also says “It is not self seeking”

In any relationship or friendship, we may all benefit more to adopt more love and allowance for people’s shortcomings and forgiveness for their sins.

There is a time to address those matters if they become serious but we need not get out a magnifying glass to look for things continually.

Love is truthful, love is willing to confront poor behavior when needed, but after that it is willing to also forgive and move past personal hurts and grow the relationship.

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