I try to always practice giving people grace and the benefit of the doubt because many times I have needed both myself. Here’s a wonderful poem about grace:
When there is death, grace lives.
When a job is lost, grace can be found.
When memories are forgotten, grace is remembered.
When money is gone, grace remains.
When pain is too much, grace is even more.
When relationships fail, grace triumphs.
When friendship is split, grace repairs.
When lies are told, grace is truth.
When injustice lingers, grace overcomes.
When tears fall, grace uplifts.
When hope walks out, grace stays put.
When vows are broken, grace mends.
When fear keeps you quiet, grace proclaims.
When lies humiliate, grace praises.
When heights are unreachable, grace climbs.
When wars rage, grace fights.
When lust diminishes, grace values.
When pride crushes, grace restores.
When image is tarnished, grace is beauty.
When hearts change, grace continues.
When emotions unload, grace carries.
Grace. Grace. Grace.
When it’s all said and done: GRACE.
Above everything else, Grace teaches us to give freely. We never give in order to obligate God to bless us. We don’t even give to fulfill our obligations to God. We give freely just as we have received.
Grace teaches us to give joyfully. “Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7).
Grace teaches us to give humbly. “Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment” (1 Timothy 6:17).
Grace teaches us to give generously. “Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share” (1 Timothy 6:18)