grace, to me

Posted: October 19th, 2010 | Filed under: life | Tags: | 11 Comments »

I watched a movie recently that had a great example of grace in it.

The main character was wrongly accused by her friend of hitting on her boyfriend. They were in a store together and while the friend was confronting her, she slipped a store item into the main character’s purse. She knew if she got caught stealing, she would be in huge trouble.

The main character had no idea she was carrying a store item when she walked through the sensors. The alarms went off and she was arrested.

Her dad came to pick her up and his disappointment was obvious. Not only was his daughter arrested, but the store owner was his friend. She explained her side of the story and her dad was able to talk to the store owner and get him to drop the charges.

The movie moves forward and something comes up where the main character needed a new dress for a wedding she was attending with her boyfriend’s impossible-to-please family. On her way to the store, she saw the girl who set her up. She witnessed her old friend getting roughed up and abandoned by the guy she was living with. The main character gave the money, that her dad gave her for the dress, to the friend who betrayed her.

This wasn’t the main theme of the movie, but the act of grace stood out to me. There was no reason for the main character to have mercy on this girl. The girl did the one thing to her that she knew would get her in trouble and showed no remorse. Still, the act of grace changed the course of the other girl’s life and the two renewed their friendship.

The girl who was betrayed was taken care of. She was able to get money to buy a dress and was able to restore a relationship out of a selfless love.

Hurt people hurt people. If you can get past the symptom, damaging behavior, to reach the core of the other person’s pain, you can make an eternal difference in their life. It takes extreme selflessness to counteract selfishness-turning the other cheek- and we have a Father who can take care of us as we abandon that responsibility to be who He asks us to be.

“If you forgive someone’s sins, they’re gone for good. If you don’t forgive sins, what are you going to do with them?” -Jesus, John 20:23


'He needs help sitting up.' -by Ari Moore


11 Comments on “grace, to me”

  1. 1 April said at 4:23 am on October 19th, 2010:


  2. 2 Serena Woods said at 4:55 am on October 19th, 2010:

    I love that the little guy in the photo has 'Do it yourself' on him, yet, 'he needs help sitting up.'

  3. 3 Jason said at 7:43 am on October 19th, 2010:

    What was the movie?

  4. 4 Serena Woods said at 7:54 am on October 19th, 2010:

    It was 'The Last Song'. It's a Nicolas Sparks story, so if you watch it, be prepared to cry.

  5. 5 Robyn said at 8:13 am on October 20th, 2010:

    I just love your insight into God's grace. I need grace, but more importantly, I need to give grace!

    Keep on blogging!

  6. 6 April said at 6:48 am on October 22nd, 2010:


    Question for ya..

    This is from a different post, but I caught something that you shared and I shared it with a friend. It was this- "Don't compare yourself with someone else, the relief you get at their expense is not grace, it's pride". -Well…. The friend I shared it with said, "For me it is thankful, not prideful."

    hmm. Thoughts? Could a "feeling of thankfulness" be a pride in disguise?

  7. 7 Serena Woods said at 7:08 am on October 22nd, 2010:

    Like, 'Thank God I'm not like that?"


  8. 8 Teena said at 10:04 am on October 22nd, 2010:

    nice. very good words.

    saw that movie.

    grace… grace…


    found you from others tweets…



  9. 9 Serena Woods said at 10:26 am on October 22nd, 2010:

    Teena, thanks for finding me. 🙂 That was a great movie, huh? 🙂

  10. 10 Dawn said at 9:58 am on October 23rd, 2010:

    Serena, I saw that movie and I loved it, and that part really hit me too. It was awesome.

    And thank you so much for sitting down with me today and helping me think through telling my story without hurting someone I love. Your sensitivity and grace is wonderful. 🙂

  11. 11 Susan J said at 4:42 pm on October 23rd, 2010:

    Hey, my hubby and I just watched The Last Song last week too. =)

    Thanks for sharing at Relevant. I loved getting to "know" you and others new to me through your talks!

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