get out of jail free

        Is there somebody who needs a fresh start with you today? It might be just an acquaintance, or it might be somebody at lot closer than that who somehow, little by little, has become an intimate enemy. Either way, offering her a fresh start won't be easy. You probably have a long list of wrongs and hurts and short-comings and disappointments that prove she doesn't deserve a fresh start, and you're probably right. Fresh starts are all about grace, and nobody (including you) ever deserves grace. It's free, and that's what makes it so outrageous. It reduces all your no-fair, tit-for-tat thinking to a pile of dust. It gives the other person a get-out-of-jail-free card. And here's the surprise -- you get one, too.

"Ah, what a thing is man devoid of grace!"                                      George Herbert

"Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, acting in grace toward each other, just as God in Christ acted in grace toward you." Eph. 4:32.