For if the many died through the one man's trespass, much more surely have the grace of God and the free gift in the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, abounded for the many. (Romans 5:15 NRSV)

God is about grace. In a former church I served, after a board meeting a church member came up to me and chewed me out over a comment I had made during the meeting. As often happens in a case like this, the comment was misunderstood and taken out of context. To say the least, I was deeply hurt and humiliated.

Much to my surprise two days later this person came to my office, got on her knees, and apologized. It was a moment of grace.

General Colon Powell speaking to a group of soldiers said, "My job today is to speak to you, and your job is to listen. If you get your job done before I do, please let me know."

Are we listening to the grace of God? Or have we already finished our job?

Dear God, I know my job is never really done. Help me to know your grace and to pass it on. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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