Grace

When going through something painful, thoughts and emotions in art form could resemble a child’s scribbles. Grace is needed, but are we willing to give what we want for ourselves to those who have wounded us?

I can’t feel your heartache but have felt the pain of betrayal and many other things. Though we type out words to give voice to pain that others will read, it is intimately our own. But what is worse than being hurt is knowing we have been the one who injured another. The recent statement by a well known Christian vocal artist acknowledges this by stating his actions are something he will have to live with for the rest of his life.  We make ourselves vulnerable then regret it later.

Not many will admit failure and flaws, but we see it every day through media in the lives of the famous. Epic failures and the embarrassment of having it displayed for the world to see. I have wondered how they’ve survived the onslaught of probing reporters and backstabbing gossip of so called friends. Makes you glad you’re not famous doesn’t it?

While driving the other day I listened to Rick Warren. He stated that he had many failures, some secrets he would never want to world to know. His sermon offered hope in that God loves us despite our flaws. The problem is not whether God will forgive us, it is forgiving ourselves.  Rick Warren knows the deepest form of loss and pain, his son Matthew committed suicide. This happened to the man who wrote, The Purpose Driven Life, a book that helped countless people.

We know the accomplishments and failures of the famous because we witness their stories through media.  Many well known pastors who have preached fiercely against sin have fell into its web. If Thou, LORD, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? (Psalm 130:3, NAS) Therefore let the one who thinks he stands firm [immune to temptation, being overconfident and self-righteous], take care that he does not fall [into sin and condemnation], (1 Corinthians 10:12, AMP)

What is sin? It is actions, words or thoughts either of commission or omission that is out of alignment with the word of God. Have you ever committed sin? We all have. Sometimes it is intentional, other times it is not.

Why do we feel the sins of others are worse than our own? Because we categorize sin. In order to accept forgiveness we have to come to the realization: There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one… for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God… (Romans 3:11-12, 23-A).

The Apostle Peter came disturbingly close to becoming a copycat Judas when he denied knowing Christ in the courtyard.  Until the eyes of Eternal Love pierced his fearful heart, at which point Peter runs from the scene. He fled from Christ before he ran towards him. This is the same man who said: “Even if everyone else deserts you, I will never desert you.” (Matthew 26:33, NLT) Yet Peter did exactly the opposite of what he had previously declared to Christ.  Therefore let the one who thinks he stands firm [immune to temptation, being overconfident and self-righteous], take care that he does not fall [into sin and condemnation], (1 Corinthians 10:12, AMP).

Bestow grace, even if they have delighted in harming you. Some may see this post as my disparaging Christians, on the contrary,  it is my acknowledgement that I am not perfect, and neither are you. I am simply saying, give the grace you want to receive.

Much love ❤

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