"Grace is not only amazing, it is also -- for certain types -- infuriating!"
Kenneth Bailey made this observation in Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes while discussing the reaction of the vineyard workers in the parable of the compassionate employer. Although some workers had labored all day, some part of the day and some only for an hour, the employer chose to pay all of them the full day's wage.
Those who had worked all day thought they should be paid more although they agreed to the wage given when the employer hired them at daybreak. They were outraged that those who only worked an hour were paid the same as they.
"No one is underpaid in this parable. The complaint is from the justly paid who cannot tolerate grace."
For another example of infuriating grace, see the reaction of the older son in the story of the prodigal son.
Does grace ever infuriate you? Or are you mostly amazed and joyful at God's generosity to those not deserving His kindness? And on a secular level such as the one mentioned above with the compassionate employer, does grace ever make you angry?
Quotes from page 361