Making Allowances

“Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love” (Ephesians 4:2b TLB).

Ever have a bad day?  Most people have had at least one bad day.  There are people who just need extra grace.  When dealing with them we need to look behind the behavior.  Be quicker to refuse to be offended.  Be more tenderhearted and cut them some slack.

Actually, not everyone who annoys or hurts you realizes what they’re doing. Most of the time, they’re responding to their own hidden pain. They don’t even realize that they’re hurting the people around them.

So what do you do? When I have a hard time overlooking an offense, I remember God’s great forgiveness towards me.  Colossians 3:13 tells us: “Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others” (NLT, second edition).

Think about it.

  • Can you think of a time when you’ve annoyed or frustrated someone but you were completely unaware of it at the time? What’s one lesson you learned from that experience?
  • Why do we struggle with cutting one another slack for relatively minor annoyances?
  • Who needs some extra slack from you this week?

Just something to consider, let’s create the habit of sharing mercy more often.