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It's strange how we continue to put television and movie superstars on a pedestal, and we think that they are perfect and free from doing wrong. Every so often, one of these stars is exposed for having committed acts of molestation or sexual misconduct. The Internet immediately fills with condemnation and shaming, even if the person has not been convicted of a crime. Bringing to light what was hidden in the darkness is shocking to us, because our belief in these persons has been betrayed.
A few years ago, a couple of televangelists were also in the limelight due to sex scandals, and I am sure that they won't be the last. No one is perfect; we all have fallen from grace at one point or another.
We Christians believe that God extended His lovingkindness and forgiveness to us who are unworthy when His Son Jesus was nailed on the cross. God's love will continue to be available for us, though we can never deserve it. All we have to do is believe and accept that love.
Do we truly believe that God washes away all sin or only the sins that we are comfortable with? Other people aren't perfect either. They too, are flawed, like us. Why, then, are we habitually judgemental of others for their faults, instead of committing them to God Who judges righteously?
Ephesians 4:31-32 – Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you. (NLT)
Prayer: Lord, God, help us not to judge others so quickly, but to love them as You love us. Help us to believe that our fate is in Your hands. Only You know the hearts and minds of all living souls; we see only the outside. Help us to understand. Amen.
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Isn’t grace wonderful Rosemary?
Thanks for speaking of this Rosemary. Blessings.
Rosey, you have such a beautiful way of putting things!What a gift!!
Greetings, Rosemary. As one with a good Calvinist background, I’m surprised you use the phrase “fallen from grace.” May I encourage your to study that a bit; we really can’t do that!
Maybe a better formulation for what you describe is “falling into sin.”
Well, Rosemary, I thank you for the subject of this day’s Devotional. I knew you had me in thought as you developed the theme. Rather than placing the required condemnation of someone else upon the gracious ‘shoulders’ of our God we take that yoke upon ourselves while at the same time we should receive the castigating question, “How dare we? We certainly have our nerve!”
Yes, I do find so many subjects are offered within these daily Devotionals that allow me to smile at myself along with the comment, “See? That’s another one of your non-Christian habits. When will you learn?” Thanks again Rosemary. Your time was well spent.
I watched the funeral for Pastor Pinkney of South Carolina today.
President Obama gave the eulogy and his theme was grace. He even broke into singing Amazing Grace!! Then I read your devotional and found that same theme of grace.
Incredible how God works things out.
So true – thanks Rosie.
Your devotional reminds me of several years ago our friend was going on and on how upset because of something a person had done. I was not responding very much and he said why are you not upset and I said well I am not his judge and someday he/she will meet their maker and have to answer for all they had done. The same as us. He stopped and somebody else had riled him up and he said yes of course he will pay at that time. It really made him think are we putting people away too soon!! I have no answer but what does Jesus want us to do?
Thanks for the fine devotional.
We are always to forgive as we are forgiven. We are forgiven ALL by our Redemer. Repentance and changed behavior show that we accept the forgiveness.