Have you ever heard of the abbreviation “EGR “? I just recently was introduced to the term, which is short for “Extra Grace Required.”
I did some research and found this definition…
EGR n. Abbreviation for Extra Grace Required.
“A person in church whose ongoing spiritual and emotional needs frustrate the efforts of others to interact with that person or minister to that person.” (Source: http://www. dictionaryofchristianese.com/)
We have all met someone like this…A person who requires a lot of effort on our part to help. Sometimes, if we are being honest, it is a challenge just listening to what they are going through, but as I read the definition, I felt the Lord convict me and say to me that: “You require EGR too!”
We all do. We are all sinners. We all have fallen way short of the mark and we are all in need of God’s grace! I love how Max Lucado put it about the grace that God offers us…
“He gave us grace. Not just mercy, mind you, but grace. Grace goes beyond mercy. Mercy gave the prodigal son a second chance. Grace threw him a party. Mercy prompted the Samaritan to bandage the wounds of the victim. Grace prompted him to leave his credit card as payment for the victim’s care. Mercy forgave the thief on the cross. Grace escorted him into paradise. Mercy pardons us. Grace woos and weds us. Grace does this! Grace is God walking into your world with a sparkle in his eye and an offer that’s hard to resist.”
It is all about Grace! So before we say, “Extra Grace Required” for someone else, remember we all require extra grace!