This past weekend I was taught a lot about sin.
We live in a world where Christian Believers can’t even decide on what is sinful and what is not considered sinful.
Someone very close to me opened up to me about a very personal sin that which he has been struggling. When he told me, I cried. I cried for selfish reasons, where I instantly felt I could not trust him or could no believe anything he said.
He cried too as he witnessed the earthly consequences of sin.
I was overcome with how selfish I was being, in a moment where someone was confessing something so painful. He was covered in shame. In that moment, I asked God to guide me in navigating this difficult situation. I remember thinking, “this is where the rubber meets the road.”
In moments like these, this is the time where we need to practice grace and forgiveness. You know, the grace and forgiveness that is so easy to talk about but not so easy to practice– especially when the sin affects you.
I admitted that I could not understand this sin. The fact that we sometimes can’t understand the sins of those closest to us creates even more pain and shame. But I do understand sin.
Of course, I understand sin. I’m a sinner. And I find most people can’t understand my crippling anxiety that causes me to struggle with control.
I understand sin because I am a sinner. But I’m also saved by the grace of God.
And now this was an opportunity to remind this person, who I fiercely love, that he too is forgiven by God. Turning away from sin is not easy, but it’s so important.
I want to be someone that encourages others to turn away from sin and turn to healing that comes from forgiveness. I want to offer grace and forgiveness as an example of God’s love for us.
I want to lavish grace on others because, despite my sinful nature, God calls me calls to him and loves me. He forgives.