Recently a friend went to a man he respected with a point of disagreement. My friend went to this man expecting to be received with grace and be able to discuss this disagreement but instead he was met with ambivalence. When I first heard this account I was frustrated with the lack of grace extended my friend and wanted to deal with the sin of not giving grace. Then sovereign circumstances turned it around on me and is now asking me to deal with how do I deal with not being given grace in a situation.
The first reaction to the lack of grace is frustration and outrage. I mean I deserve a little grace here, right? The next feeling is hurt, I feel that the person doesn’t care about me and that hurts. These feelings are real and could fuel more sin into our lives if we don’t put them in perspective. So what do we do when grace doesn’t show up? Trust in God’s grace and rest in your identity in Christ. This is not as easy as it sounds as most of us do really care about how others view us. Check these verses out. Prov. 16:20 Whoever gives thought to the word will discover good, and blessed is he who trusts in the Lord. Ps 112:7 He is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord. The reality is that God has your back and while my frustration and hurt is real God still loves and delights in me. We can take that to the bank. God never fails us He always shows up.