God’s forgiveness was easily accessable after my emotional outburst. The challenge was in forgiving myself, but I could feel the pursuit of my loving Father. He has a way of drawing us in if we are listening. The only bummer, His grace couldn’t repair our door.😬 With each entrance and exit from our room I was reminded of my embarrassment. Sin is like that. We have to deal with the consequences of our actions. Sin always leaves an undesired mark in our lives and often, on the lives of our loved ones. As it turns out my parents were do for a visit, staying with us for a week. My Dad is a Mr.Fix-It of sorts, so the thought occurred to me that he would be able to fix the doorframe…but, how embarrassing! That would require telling my Dad about “the incident”. My sensible side won out, or actually, my thrifty side won out…who wants to pay for a door repair?😉 Shortly after he arrived I shared vaguely about what I had done. Thoughts of guilt and shame pummeled my mind as I explained the needed repair. His response left me speechless…in fact, it still brings tears to my eyes. His words were simple…”Sure, I can fix that, and you’ll never know it was there.” No eye rolls, no ridiculing, no shaming, no sarcasm, no questions or gasps of disbelief at what I had done….just GRACE. My insides relaxed and God began His grace repair as I breathed in relief. Dad will never know the depth to which he comforted my soul. In that moment he offered what God the Father offers all of us every single day, unconditional love and grace.
Are you having a difficult time forgiving yourself for something you’ve done? His grace is right there, grab ahold of it and let Him repair the marks that have been left. When you invite Jesus into those fractured places, He will restore your life so that sin will no longer be visible, in fact, it will be gone…just like my broken doorframe. It doesn’t make logical sense to us, this kind of grace for it isn’t of this world. Our human inclination when we feel offended by someone is to opt for what comes easily, attack, flee, gossip, finger point, withdraw, get even….none of those bring healing to us or to our offenders. There is a better way, one that I hope to offer my offenders the next time it is necessary…extend His grace, which He has lavished upon us, because…grace repairs.
2Cor.12:9~But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
John 8:11-“Then neither do I condemn you,”Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.
1Pet.4:8-Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.