I’m going to open my heart today and share with you a not-so-pretty part of it, and then the lesson that I’ve learned.
Recently, someone did not follow through on a promise made to me. I could not even call this person a friend; he is just someone that I have become a little acquainted with through social media. He is a photographer, and I asked him for a favor, and he promised to do it. However, he did not keep the promise, and I became angry. I wrote an angry message to him privately on Instagram. However, after several hours, I became convicted about my anger, and left him a message admitting that I was wrong to say what I had said, and I apologized. After a day or so, I did not see a “seen” notification, so I investigated further. It appears that he has blocked me! I did however find his email address on his website and sent him an email putting, “I apologize, I was wrong” in the subject line. I feel like he will at least see that even if he does not read my email.
As I confessed my sin last night to my Lord, and prayed about the whole situation, it occurred to me that this young man is reacting much as one would expect. I cannot really blame him although I do hope that he will accept my apology and forgive me. Then, as I reflected on the difficulty that I am having to make sure that I can reach him with my apology, I began to realize once again what an awesome God I serve!
When I became convicted of my sin, I did not need to prepare any kind of gift or sacrifice, nor did I need to go to a temple anywhere to approach my God. I simply bowed my head in the spot that I was, and asked for God’s forgiveness. This was possible because Jesus became the sacrifice for my sin when he died on the cross.
Colossians 2:14 says, “He erased the certificate of debt, with its obligations, that was against us and opposed to us, and has taken it away by nailing it to the cross. “
Isaiah 53:5 also says, “But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed
Hebrews 4:16 adds, ” Therefore, let us approach the throne of grace with boldness so that we many receive mercy and find grace to help us in time of need.”
And 1 John 1:9 assures us that “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
ISN’T THAT AMAZING? That the Almighty God would love us so much that not only is He willing to forgive our sins against Him, but He personally made a way that that would even be possible!! AMAZING GRACE! is right!! I have learned anew the awesomeness of God’s grace and love!!