10. Remember God’s grace.
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We are all broken, sinful, selfish, wounded people, and as the saying goes, hurt people hurt people. This reality encourages us in two ways: first, to guard our hearts so that, when wounded, we don’t wound.
But it also provides context for our “offender’s” behavior. When we remember all of our actions and perceptions are tainted by sin—sin Christ paid for when He died on the cross, we’re more apt to offer God’s grace to others.
Grace heals, strengthens, restores, and protects. Most importantly, it empowers us to love others as Jesus loves us. When we do that, we demonstrate a light that darkness can’t extinguish and a hope that extends far beyond human commitments and failings.
Every time we choose to respond to others as Jesus, the One who was wounded and betrayed, responded to us, we reveal the power and beauty of grace.
Jennifer Slattery is a writer, editor, and speaker who’s addressed women’s groups, church groups, Bible studies, and writers across the nation. She’s the author of eight contemporary novels with her ninth releasing this spring. She also helped write Wholly Loved Ministries Bible study titled Becoming His Princess, based on the life of Sarah from the Old Testament, and maintains a devotional blog found at JenniferSlatteryLivesOutLoud.com. She has a passion for helping women discover, embrace, and live out who they are in Christ. As the founder of Wholly Loved Ministries, she and her team partner with churches to facilitate events designed to help women rest in their true worth and live with maximum impact. Visit her online to find out more about her speaking or to book her for your next women’s event, and sign up for her free quarterly newsletter here to stay up to date with her future appearances, projects, and releases. When not writing, reading, or editing, Jennifer loves going on mall dates with her adult daughter and coffee dates with her hilariously fun husband.
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