From the “Bride of Grace” chapter of Amy J. Tol’s The Bride’s Handbook:
Romans 12 says, “Do not repay anyone evil for evil… but overcome evil with good” (v. 17-21). Vengeance doesn’t help anyone. After all, we don’t really cancel the evil by getting even; we just end up with two hurting hearts instead of one. But when we show grace – giving forgiveness, even when we have a right to make the offender pay – we cancel the evil with something very good, indeed.
And that’s just what a truly graceful bride does. She’s been captivated by God’s grace, and she can’t help but share it with others. She lives out the words of 1 Corinthians 15:10, which say “But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace to me was not without effect.”
If you want to be a bride of grace yourself, don’t worry about the smoothness of your words or the elegance of your walk. Real grace lives in the heart. And it shows itself by offering forgiveness and second chances. So take today’s parable to heart, and let God’s grace have a lasting effect on you.
This is an important reminder, I think. Being a bride doesn’t mean you get to do whatever you want and that no one should try your patience. This season of preparation is another opportunity to give the people around you grace: accept their help, listen to their ideas, invite them to join in on the fun, and remember it is not all about you. What do you think about being a ‘bride of grace’?