Relationships can't breathe without grace. Because all of humanity is pretty broken, the whole range of human experience is open to being stained by our sin. Misunderstanding and hurt can happen even in the best of friendships.
Offering grace to someone who's wronged you might not bring you a rush of good feeling. It might (probably will) feel more like an empty space. An absence. The satisfaction of 'just desserts' that we expected and probably would be quietly enjoying is gone. It's tough, sometimes. But offering people grace is about them first - them being loved enough to get another chance - before it's about you.
Here's the first of four ways you can practically demonstrate grace: (1) Work on your own mind. Focus on the positive. Is this person really stubborn, or simply dedicated and persistent? Are they disorganised or actually spontaneous and flexible? Changing your perspective can let grace shed light on the situation. You might find you are able to do this best when you actively fill your mind with things that are '...good and worthy of praise... true and honourable and right and pure and beautiful and respected' (Philippians 4:8 NCV). And remember that our expectations have an impact on others - people will often live up to the image we hold of them.
So what now? Think about someone who has wronged you at some point. Pray for strength to do something undeservedly good for them. Then, do it!
Soulfood : Is 26-29, Jn 7:1-13, Ps 114, Prov 28:1-4