When you make a mistake, do you want people to be patient? Do you want them to be understanding? Give you a second chance? Believe in you again?
Of course. However, when the shoe is on the other foot, and someone else makes a mistake, we are often quick to judge. The grace we believe we deserve ourselves is not extended to others. We jump to conclusions and give anything but the benefit of the doubt.
When someone does something to annoy you, makes a mistake, or fails to pull their weight, give them the grace you wish for yourself. Be quick to forgive and trust again. I know you have been let down before. We all have. Newsflash: you have let people down before too. Do you want others to give you a second chance? What is life if we don’t believe in people and give them a chance? It is empty, lonely, bitter and twisted.
Matthew 7:1-2 Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged.
Jesus goes on to say quite a bit about how we treat others in Matthew 7. He never commanded anyone to judge or treat others badly. His command was to love each other (John 13:34). Yes, that’s right, love is a command. So love and be gracious with others. Be patient, peaceful and nice. That is the path of godliness.