Sometimes it’s hard to love people through their mistakes. We live in a black and white world. Right and wrong. Mistakes are made in an instant but remembered for a lifetime.
But then I remember.
I remember the countless mistakes that I’ve made. I remember the times that I didn’t fully comprehend the repercussions of what I was doing and the lasting affects that said mistakes would have on others – not just myself.
As a young Christian mistakes were made. As a growing Christian – mistakes are still made. I’m not trying to make an excuse for the fact that we are human and that sin is inevitable – I’m just trying to say we should remember what it feels like to be on the receiving end of grace and how very important that grace is.
When mistakes are made there are inescapable consequences that linger – often for a lifetime. However, I would have to think that those lingering consequences shouldn’t be from other imperfect people’s daily and repetitive persecution of the accused.
We need to remember the grace that Jesus offers day in and day out to us. Over and over. One mistake after another.
Thank You God for grace.
“Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” Hebrews 4:16 (NIV)