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Showing grace to someone can be one of the best things we can do to break chains of bondage. What exactly do I mean by this?

Several years ago I read the book by Steven Covey, 7 Habits of Effective People. In his book, he shared a story about being on mass transit and watching some young children, running up and down the isle. He condescendingly talked with their father about getting them to sit down. The father immediately apologized and explained that they had just lost their mother. Wow, what a humbling scenario.

Have you ever been frustrated or angry with someone, only to find out that they had a major crisis going on in their life? Maybe they just got fired, lost a family member, or were told that their wife has cancer? Do we prejudge too often?

What if we show grace to people when they do something that hurts us? What is the worst thing that can happen?

By showing grace, we aren’t necessarily telling them what they did was right, rather, we are showing a form of forgiveness. Forgiveness will give you a sense of peace and prevent you from becoming angry and bitter. Don’t hold on to the hurts so they become excess baggage that binds you up.

The next time someone does something that hurts you, show them grace so you don’t hold on to the hurtful emotion. This will set you free to live a more victorious life.


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