Oops, I did it again!

Just call me Britney Spears because if I’m going to mess up…it’s gonna be big and in front of people!!!  I guess that’s just how I roll.  Sigh.

Sometimes I think I’m a runaway train on a downhill slope.  I see the danger…I even reach for the break, but then I feel the rush of the wind in my hair, the adrenaline pumping through my veins and I think, “I CAN DO THIS!”

When this happens I should mentally replay Julia Roberts talking to the mean sales ladies in Pretty Woman, “Big mistake.  Big.  Huge!”

The take away from my mistakes (besides trying to do better next time) is to beware of judging others when they misbehave.  Yikes!!  The Lord knows I make my fair share of oopsies, holy cow’s and oh no’s and I sure don’t need to be looking down on others while they do the same.

Isn’t that hard, though?

We can pick a part someone else’s choices, actions and words pretty quick and we sound SO self-righteous when we do.  THEN come our blunders and just as quickly, we are placing our tails between our legs and praying no one calls us out.  Grrr….

“You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire. Matthew 5:21-22

The truth is that we are each human.  We have our own crosses to bear and temptations to face.  We can only hope that we learn from our mistakes and make better choices the next time.

God knows we are not perfect.  But…He does expect us to keep trying.

He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us. As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him. For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust. Psalm 103:10-14

I am a hypocrite.  I have no place in God’s Kingdom with all of my sins tainting me.  I am not worthy, nor am I fit to be saved from the consequences of my sin.  These are all true statements.

The devil likes to remind me of them on a regular basis.  He tells me that God would never want someone like me in His Presence and that I will NEVER measure up to what God requires.  And he is absolutely right, except….

Jesus is MY SAVIOR.  He steps in and takes the consequence of my sin FOR ME.  He died on the cross so that I could be saved.  And God did all this because He loves US!!

In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us. 1John 4:9-12

So, if you see anyone sin, please pray for them and forgive them as God forgives us.  We are all on a journey and we will all falter.  Some of us just do it more publicly then others!!!

Repent, ask for forgiveness and do better next time!

Some Wisdom for Today:  Proverbs 10:12 – Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses.

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