Recently, my women’s Bible Study was puzzled at one member’s comments about an individual needing EGR. What did she mean by EGR?
Well, she explained how this person in her church always differed with everyone else’s opinion in meetings, often very annoyingly so. How it had to be his way or the highway. How there was no compromise. And even when things did go his way, there was no joy or no thank you.
So, apparently, a few of the church members decided this man had to be handled with EGR. That is, extra grace required. They prayed for him, frequently.
We listened, we laughed a little at her descriptions. Then, we realized all of us had encountered at least one person in our life needing extra grace, and probably many more, if we’re honest.
Pretty soon, though, one lady spoke up saying all of us, at some time or other, have been that man. We all quit laughing and had to admit she was right. How many times have we wanted our own way and wheedled things to make that happen? How many times have we not listened to older and wiser ones? How many times have we been just plain selfish?
More than we want to remember.
In my NIV translation of the Bible, the word grace is used 130 times. Serious study of the topic is beyond the scope of this blog, but the following books may be helpful:
The Discipline of Grace by Jerry Bridges
What’s So amazing about Grace by Philip Yancy
Grace Gone Wild by Robert Jeffress
The well-known song, Amazing Grace, was written by reformed, slave-trader John Newton, born 1725 in London, England. The song describes the feeling of grace in a most special way. Amazing grace, how sweet the sound Newton says. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Newton
Second Peter 3:18 encourages us to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. When God sent His Son to redeem us, we know that He showed us that EXTRA GRACE. God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense.
So, let us practice grace with one another and especially with that one needing EGR.