Tuesday, January 31, 2012
The Hard Things
Read my blog for very long or know me in real life for any length of time and you know I have a dogmatic side that rarely sees shades of gray. Therefore when people, especially Christians let me down...I struggle with how to properly react. I probably should not expect more from a brother or sister in Christ but my human understanding of things cannot seem to help itself. So when they let me down, there is a certain amount of betrayal and hurt that is more biting than normal.
But no sooner than I was able to vent my frustrations to my dad (the Elder I most often seek for Christian wisdom) was I reminded that I too am but a sinner who not only lets others down but God Himself. I had already practically forgiven this particular guy an hour after the event which sparked the angry passions when I looked up to see him in my office lobby. He knew that he'd hurt me and made a mistake. He intentionally drove to see me and ask for my forgiveness in person.
There are few things more powerful than a grown man humbling himself before you, admitting his mistakes, and asking for you to extend grace. Were it not for Jesus Christ who did the same thing for me, I doubt I would have the ability or desire.