I’ve been shaking my head at what I’ve seen people doing. Not strangers or people in the news – in this world of Jerry Springer and Judge Joe Brown, I expect that – unfortunately. But those I thought of as friends have lied, cheated and done anything they could to get their way – even if it hurts me and the ones I love. The hurt is enormous. I haven’t blogged much this month because I’ve been trying to deal with these feelings and the situation that caused them.
It’s been real struggle for me. But last night I finally figured it out (as much as my little bitty brain can).
I’ve been a hypocrite. Sin is sin. All sin separates us from God – no matter what the world says. In God’s eyes, I’m just as bad as the man that murdered my husband’s best friend. How can I say that?
Imagine two white pieces of paper. One piece has footprints on it. It’s been crumpled, stained, and torn. It may even smell from some of the stains.
As a matter of fact, there is a truth from the Bible that describes this situation; so much so that it’s repeated three times:
Psalms 14:3 says, “They have all turned aside; together they have become corrupt; there is none who does good, not even one.” (ESV)
Psalms 53:3 says, “They have all fallen away; together they have become corrupt; there is none who does good, not even one.”
And Paul quotes these verses in Romans 3:12 “All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.”
I’ve lied, cheated and betrayed my Lord every time I did it to someone else. I’ve sinned and as a Christian – one who serves Christ and takes His Name – I should have known better. And so, I must forgive and love as I have been forgiven and have experienced Christ’s love.
I’m trying – I really am.
But it’s so hard.