LOVING AND EGR
During a conversation over coffee, a friend mentioned an "EGR". I had to interrupt and ask for a definition. Extra Grace Required - in other words, people who can seem tough to love. Often they are the most in need of love because they are hurting.
Perhaps Jesus was referring to EGRs when he said, "If you love only those who love you, what reward is there for that?" Even corrupt tax collectors do that much." (Matthew 5:46, MLT)
Truly loving others - even EGRs - might not be as tough as we think. Simple gestures such as smiling, truly listening, sending a note or extending an invitation go a long way toward expressing care and softening hearts.
At times, we all require extra grace. Thankfully, God has an unlimited amount to extend to us and then through us. Out of joy, we can find ways - even simple ones - to share God's grace and love with people who need it.
- Janna Firestone