What Does It Mean to Give and Receive Grace?
—Grace & Truth Linkup

It started as just a little tiff Wednesday night.

Jeff took out the kitchen garbage. When he came back in, he walked right past the trash can without putting in a new bag.

I asked if he could put in a new bag. He said he already was going to. I said it looked like he wasn’t. He said he always does; why wouldn’t he this time? I said we disagree on that; I usually have to do it.

And so it goes.

Have you participated in these conversations, too?

Where is the grace?

Nowhere to be seen.

We didn’t go on too long. Neither of us were in the mood for it. We didn’t have enough fight in us. We were tired.

We moved on. We knew it was silly. 

We let it go. It was the right thing to do this time. 

There is the grace. For both of us. 

Giving grace doesn’t always come naturally to us. Receiving grace doesn’t always come naturally either; we don’t want to feel indebted to the grace giver.

But the best way to live life is to give and receive grace freely. Daily. To any and all who come our way.

As God gives grace to me for all the ways I mess up, I should have a huge stockpile by now to pass along to others, including to my sweet husband Jeff, who did put a new trash bag in the trash can (and will probably never forget again).

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6 thoughts on “What Does It Mean to Give and Receive Grace?
—Grace & Truth Linkup

  1. Joanne Viola

    Lisa, I have to admit … I thought I was the only one who gets annoyed when someone does not put a new bag in the trash can. How I would have liked to think that this was silly but alas, it’s those stupid little things that often trip us up. Thank you for the reminder to offer grace in huge doses today!

  2. Donna

    UGH, Lisa, this scene happens more in my home than I wold like. My husband called me out on it the other day. He said I have more grace for others than I do for him. In the moment I denied it, but the truth burrowed into my heart. Where is the grace indeed? Great reminder today Lisa!

  3. David

    Oh G-d yes. And if you don’t say or do something — :leaving the new bin bag in a prominent position: — it’s worse — seething, fermenting resentment. Stand stories like this against those of Bonhoeffer or Kolbe … so far am I from modelling Christ.

    Ironically, I’m sure many of us would act like Kolbe did. Somehow it’s easier to lay down one’s life for a neighbour than to do the dishes when it is not one’s turn.

  4. Barbara Harper

    My tendency is not to say anything, but then to seethe in silent resentment–which is just as much a lack of grace. We’ve received so much, we should be able to give grace out of the vast store God has given to us.

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