If someone were to ask me to define myself in two words, my answer would be- Forgiven and Redeemed. For me, these two principles of Christianity say it all.
The blood that Christ shed for us takes all the bad things we’ve done and washes them away. And while we are now forgiven, the consequences of our sins still linger. If only those could be washed away too, huh? Well, that’s not how it works and as much as we’d like not too, we still have to face those consequences head on.
As I worked on the ending to the sequel to Katie’s Glimpse a few days ago, (don’t get too excited, I skip around a lot) I tried to relate these principles of Christianity to my characters and thought how easy it would be to end the story with the bad guy getting his due in the end. That’s what everyone wants right? For the “good people” to ride off into the sunset, while the “bad people” are left eating their dust. Praise God that’s not how He sees it for us. We are all loved equally in His eyes. We are all His children. While the consequences may be different, every sin is all the same to God.
So where does that leave me in the story? Do I let the “bad guy” have redemption, or do I let him suffer for his past actions?
I’m not going to tell you which one I chose. I’m sure you think you already know, but if you remember the last few sentences in Katie’s Glimpse, then you should know by now that I love a surprise ending. My characters aren’t the only ones with a sly grin.
For me personally, I’m in awe that despite all the rotten things I’ve done in my lifetime (and believe me there have been plenty) that God doesn’t see me as a bad person. He still loves me and forgives me. Even as I continue to stumble in my daily walk, He’s right there holding my hand, pulling me back up to my feet.
Now, let me ask you some questions. What about you? Do you look at the person next to you and acknowledge that they are just as important to God as you are and deserve His forgiveness too? What about the “bad person” that has done something to hurt you? That one’s not so easy, is it? Our human nature tells us to not forgive. Lots of times we want that person to hurt as much as we do, and God gave us free will to choose how we respond to those feelings. So which one will you offer? Forgiveness or condemnation.
Today I pray that if you are facing pain inflicted by another, that you open your heart and remember which choice God made for you.
“We have redemption in Him through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace.” Ephesians 1:7
Many blessing to you,