Ephesians 4:2 - Love Extends Grace.

Ephesians 4:1-3 (NLT) Therefore I, a 
prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life 
worthy of your calling, for you have been called by 
God. 2 Always be humble and gentle. Be patient 
with each other, making allowance for each 
others faults because of your love. 3 Make every 
effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, 
binding yourselves together with peace.  


There Are No Perfect Relationships
   If there is any high and low that is 
greater than any other, it is the high and low of 
relationships. You can experience the high of joy and the 
low of disappointment sometimes within minutes 
of each other. 
   When you find yourself struggling with 
each others faults, go to God with your 
   Disappointments come into relationships 
because none of us are perfect. We have an idealized 
view of love, relationships, and marriage, and 
when reality doesnt match up to this picture, 
it leaves us disappointed. 
   We will never have the perfect wedding or 
the perfect marriage or the perfect family 
because we are imperfect, sinful people. The idea 
that two imperfect, sinful people can come 
together and have a perfect relationship is 
unrealistic. You need to adjust your expectations. 
   One of the reasons we are often 
disappointed in our relationships is because were 
asking another human being to meet needs that only 
God can meet. Another human being cant 
promise you that they will always be with you or 
that they wont fail you. Only God can meet 
those promises. He tells us in his Word, I will 
never leave you nor forsake you (Joshua 1:5 
   When we get to heaven, there will be no 
more disappointment or pain. Until then, you can 
choose to keep loving. As 1 Corinthians 13:7 says, 
Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always 
hopeful, and endures through every circumstance 
(NLT). By Tom Holladay [Daily Devotional by Rick 
Warren: https://pastorrick.com/devotional/] 

Lasting Love Extends Grace
   No relationship will survive without 
grace. Youve got to cut people some slack! 
Youve got to let things go. 
   The Bible says, Love patiently accepts 
all things (1 Corinthians 13:7 NCV). In the 
original Greek, this literally means covered with 
a roof. Would you buy a house without a 
roof? Of course not. Youd have no protection 
from wind and rain. A roof covers and protects 
your home. 
   In the same way, biblical love covers a 
relationship and lets some things slide. It doesnt 
hold people accountable for every little mistake 
they make. You need a roof on your relationship, 
because people damage pretty easily, and we need the 
kind of love that extends grace. 
   Why is grace essential to relationships?
   Because we are all sinners. If youre 
married, you married a sinner - and your spouse did 
too! Two imperfect spouses will never make a 
perfect marriage. And its the same way in 
friendships. No friendship is perfect - because no friend 
is perfect! Two imperfect people will never 
create a perfect relationship. 
   The Bible says in Romans 3:10, There 
is no one who always does what is right, not 
even one (NCV). Nobody gets it right 100 
percent of the time. Its never just one 
persons fault. We all make mistakes, and theres 
always responsibility on both sides. The saying 
goes, It takes two to tango. It also takes 
two to disagree! 
   Thats why the Bible says we have to 
learn to extend grace to each other. Forgiveness 
is a two-way street. We cannot receive what 
were unwilling to give to other people. 
   You build strong relationships by 
treating other people the way God treats you. Romans 
15:7 says, Accept each other just as Christ 
has accepted you (NLT). Accepting others may 
look like listening without judging to a friend 
or giving space to a tired, grumpy family 
   When you accept others as they are, 
looking past their faults for the sake of love, 
thats extending grace. [Daily Devotional by Rick 
Warren: https://pastorrick.com/devotional/] 


Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, 
bearing with one another in love. Ephesians 4:2 
   I opened the email and quickly became 
irritated. I'd helped organize a program and the sender 
wasn't pleased about the way something had been 
handled. I agreed that all hadn't gone as smoothly as 
I had planned. What ruffled my feathers was 
the cranky, snarky tone of the message. 
   My first reaction was to fire off an 
equally rude response. But after taking a few 
minutes to calm down, I decided against it. Lord 
Jesus, what should I do? How should I respond? I 
thought. Extend grace was what I heard in my spirit. 
No! I can't do that, I said to myself. But then 
I sought guidance from a trusted friend. 
"Apologize," she said. I pushed back. She repeated, 
"Apologize." I told her I would, but I was still fuming. 
I decided to sleep on it. 
   The next day during my morning devotions, 
I came across Ephesians 4:2. Okay, Jesus, I 
get it! The Lord confirmed what He had already 
told me. This time I obeyed and wrote a gracious 
email, apologizing to the sender for the 
inconvenience and promised to do better next time. 
   I was thankful that Jesus spoke to me 
again loud and clear. He let me know that it's all 
about Him and I'm to represent Jesus well every 
day. Sometimes that means being humble and kind - 
and extending a little grace, like He has done 
for me countless times. Barbranda Lumpkins 
   Faith Step: Who or what has gotten under 
your skin lately? What would extending grace in 
that situation look like to you? [Mornings With 
Jesus 2023 Devotional by Guideposts and 


1 Corinthians 13:7 - Love is Lasting.


1 Corinthians 13:7 - Love Always Protects.


Galatians 5:22, 23 - The Fruit of the Spirit.