One reason we place high value on grace in our relationships is because grace plows the soil of the hearts and makes it receptive to receive the seeds that we may want to drop into the soil. Grace cultivates the soil so that when truth is spoken, the person is open and receptive. When the spirit of grace is my lifestyle towards others, I speak to them, and they are more apt to accept and profit from what I say. Seeds of truth need to fall in grace-saturated soil.
-- Dr. Norm Wakefield & Jody Brolsma in Men Are from Israel, Women Are from Moab