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Recently, my women’s Bible Study was puzzled at one member’s comments about an individual needing EGR. What did she mean by EGR?

Well, she explained how this person in her church always differed with everyone else’s opinion in meetings, often very annoyingly so. How it had to be his way or the highway. How there was no compromise.  And even when things did go his way, there was no joy or no thank you.

So, apparently, a few of the church members decided this man had to be handled with EGR. That is, extra grace required. They prayed for him, frequently.

We listened, we laughed a little at her descriptions. Then, we realized all of us had encountered at least one person in our life needing extra grace, and probably many more, if we’re honest.

Pretty soon, though, one lady spoke up saying all of us, at some time or other, have been that man. We all quit laughing and had to admit she was right. How many times have we wanted our own way and wheedled things to make that happen? How many times have we not listened to older and wiser ones? How many times have we been just plain selfish?

More than we want to remember.

In my NIV translation of the Bible, the word grace is used 130 times. Serious study of the topic is beyond the scope of this blog, but the following books may be helpful:

The Discipline of Grace by Jerry Bridges

What’s So amazing about Grace by Philip Yancy

Grace Gone Wild by Robert Jeffress

The well-known song, Amazing Grace, was written by reformed, slave-trader John Newton, born 1725 in London, England. The song describes the feeling of grace in a most special way. Amazing grace, how sweet the sound Newton says.

Second Peter 3:18 encourages us to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  When God sent His Son to redeem us, we know that He showed us that EXTRA GRACE. God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense.

So, let us practice grace with one another and especially with that one needing EGR.

Jude Urbanski About Jude Urbanski

Jude Urbanski’s passions are ‘people and places.’ She writes women's fiction featuring strong inspirational romance elements. Her stories invite you to heroes and heroines who spin tragedy into triumph with help from God. First published in nonfiction, Jude continues to write in this field also. Editing services complete Jude’s repertoire.


  1. You are I are kindred spirits! I’m convinced. Loved this post and also got so much out of Philip Yancey’s What So Amazing About Grace. I go back to that book again and again.

  2. Laurie Driesen says:

    Beautiful post Jude! Love that….EGR!

  3. Wonderful post, Jude. We can all use some EGR from time to time!

  4. Yep, we are sisters of the skillet I believe. Glad the post ministered to you and yes, Yancy’s book calls again and again.

  5. Thanks, Laurie. I love the thought of receiving EGR also!

  6. Glad you stopped by today, Patti, and remember today how much God loved us to send Jesus. The best Valentine we could receive- right? EGF, just additional gift, huh?

  7. Wonderful post and a great reminder for us all.

  8. Thanks for your visit and do agree that it such a good reminder for us all! Have a wonderful day,

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