by Jason White
Grace and mercy are two of the greatest gifts that God has given us. Paul tells us in Ephesians that it is by grace that we have been saved, and that is a gift from God. “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is a gift of God,” Ephesians 2:8. Because God so freely gives that to us, it seems only right that we extend the hands of grace and kindness to others. For me, I must maintain a level patience with others to extend that grace and mercy. I tend to be an incredibly impatient person. Both in my professional and personal life, I tend to want things done now at my level of anticipation and when that does not happen, I follow with frustration and anger. This tends to be a product of my selfish expectations and self-centered nature. To build a habit of grace and kindness, the first thing that I will need to address is that lack of patience. That’s not to say that addressing my lack of patience will fix everything, but it can act as the solid foundation for a life that better reflects the grace and kindness that God has shown me. Having that patience, can directly affect my expectations of others, and allow me to pass on the grace and mercy that is so freely given to me.