Of ALL things that make for success in relationship, GRACE is the one that appears most lacking in our culture--and in most of our important relationships. NOT that we simply demonstrate it occasionally in important relationships--BUT that we seek and find ways to extend grace and mercy to those that we are in meaningful relationship with.
It is so sad and must break the heart of Father God. And it is the opposite of the way He wants it to be (based on the model of His sending His only Son).
"Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound.
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost but now I'm found.
Was blind but now I see."
or what about,
"Something beautiful, something good.
All my confusion, He understood.
All I had to offer Him was brokenness and strife.
BUT He made something beautiful out of my life."
Remember, this is only ONE of the important qualities and characteristics that must be present and growing for relationships to be successful. If you are strong in this area--GREAT! Remain strong and growing in it! Then, work on the other qualities and characteristics. They ALL must be present and growing in ALL relationships! How are you doing on all the others, too?
R espect and Honor
E xpressions of Encouragement
L isten, Acknowledge and Consider Response
A ppreciate and Affirm
T rust In-Spite of and Through Brokenness
I dentify and Build on Commonalities
O rder in Place and Deliberate Actions
N urturance and Understanding
S elf-less Orientation
H ope, Faith, and Pursuit of Consistency
I ntegrity Journey
P ardon, GRACE, and Mercy MUST Abound