One of my coworkers here at Purpose Driven Ministries
slipped up and forgot to do something he promised me
he would do. It was important to me because I wanted
to make a change, and he was my last backup. But by
the time I got to him about it, the issue had diffused
somewhat and there was even reason to believe that the
end result might have been better without the change I
wanted. (It was one of those times you wonder if God
meant for him to forget. It is true that sometimes
Godís will incorporates our failures.) My friend
apologized profusely and I told him not to give it
another thought, that I was starting to even have
second thoughts about the change I asked him to carry
out. To which he replied, ďWell, thanks for using your
Grace Card on me today.Ē
Grace Card. I like that. I had never heard that
before. He had never said that before. We laughed, and
then I thanked him for my next devotional idea! (Now
we have two positive things that came out of one
failure. Two for oneÖ thatís not bad!)
Any relationship is going to require a Grace Card.
Thatís because we are destined to fail each other over
and over again. We will fail because we are fallible,
and we will fail without even trying, because oneís
expectations are too high for the other to meet.
One of Christís disciples once asked Him how many
times he should forgive his brother, ďSeven times?Ē he
suggested. That probably seemed like a lot to him.
ďTry seventy times seven,Ē Jesus replied (Matthew
18:22 The Message).
Now I donít think Jesus meant by this that we were to
literally count up all the times we have forgiven
someone and as soon as we get to 491, say ďOkay,
thatís it. Iím not forgiving you anymore!Ē I think
what He meant was: if youíre going to put a number on
it, make sure itís too big to keep track of.
Or better yet, how about a credit card with an
unlimited account? An account Jesus opened on the
cross? An account we can draw on as much as we need,
for ourselves, and for those who offend us, or sin
against us, or disappoint us, or let us down? Youíve
already got one if youíve been to the cross. Why not
activate it today?
Grace Card. No relationship is possible without one.
Donít leave home without it. (Donít go home without
it, either. Thatís probably where we need it the
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