We could all use a little grace

Jenn BosticChristians are often accused of being judgemental, and unfortunately, this is often true. On last Sunday’s, “Song of Praise”, BBC programme I heard a song which really emphasises how we should not be so quick to judge other people and show “a little grace”.

God shows an immense amount of grace towards us. I cannot find better words to express how we could us “a little grace” towards our fellow human beings.

A little grace

If I said something shocking, you might listen to me.
If I call out a race or a gender,
you learn to love, learn to hate, rather quickly.
I could voice my opinion; it won’t change a thing.
But I’m not confused about what I believe.

Thank God, I’m not the one judging the right from the wrong.
We sinners aren’t sinning in shades of grey.
God knows we could all use a little grace.

A little grace, a little grace, a little grace.
A little grace, a little grace, a little grace.

The Buddhists, the Moslems, the Christians, the Jews.
We all love someone, something,
a little trick, a little fix that’s getting us through,
We like to point fingers, so quick to throw stones,
until we’re the victim and fall from our thrones

Thank God, I’m not the one judging the right from the wrong.
We sinners aren’t sinning in shades of grey.
God knows we could all use a little grace.

Little grace for our mistakes,
our different ways of seeing something that’s the same.
We’re all afraid of, what we’re made of.
We all know what’s wrong, we hate to take the blame.

Thank God, I’m not the one judging the right from the wrong.
We sinners aren’t sinning in shades of grey.
God knows we could all use
God knows we could all use
God knows we could all use a little grace.

A little grace, a little grace, a little grace.
A little grace, a little grace, a little grace.
A little grace, a little grace, a little grace.

(From Jenn Bostic’s album: Faithful)

Here is a YouTube video of Jenn, singing the song:

Do not judge, or you too will be judged

We all have our faults and our failings and yet sometimes we judge others who may have different faults than we do. Jesus was very clear that we should not judge others. He said:

Do not judge, or you too will be judged.

For in the same way as you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, “Let me take the speck out of your eye,” when all the time there is a plank in your own eye?

You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. (Mathew 7: 1-5 NIV)

God extends a great deal of grace towards us. He forgives our wrong-doings and gives us life. If God can give us such grace, surely we can learn to show “a little grace” to others.

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Comments

  1. I’m not confused at all about what I believe but I am so glad that I’m not the one judging right from wrong!
    I think the main problem is that we often see one sin as greater than another. As a result become critical and judgmental instead of supportive of those most in need.
    This song is very inspiring. 🙂

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  2. George, this is well written – a little grace, and walking around in someone’s skin before you judge, as Atticus Finch would say. Thanks, BTG

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