In the last years, my family has gone through an intense trial that ultimately became the reason I started this study on Grace.
I had the opportunity to experience Grace from others during these hardships and take a good look at my typical reactions when others were having a hard time.
On my end:
- I did not learn Graceful compassion, even though I grew up in the faith
- I think that saying 'I'll pray for you' is enough
- I don't persevere in helping
- I think it's because they did something or because they lack faith
- I preach them what I think God is telling them
- I think that caring too much will inconvenience them
- I don't think of their needs
- I suggest 'obvious-to-me' solutions
What I liked seeing in others
- When they just (shut up and) listened
- When they knew we couldn't supply to our needs and put themselves in our shoes, without us saying anything
- When they didn't judge
- When they didn't offer 'solutions'
- When they persevered ... even at a high cost
Grace, it's in others' examples