“God has never been obligated to give us life
If we fought for our rights we’d be in Hell tonight
Mere sinners owed nothing but fierce hand….”
The same truth in the words of my five-year-old son came recently as we spoke about his mommy feeling sick. Through a series of questions I asked him, he answered that God had created the world perfectly but that sin, including disease, hardship, death, and the germs that were making mommy feel bad, entered the world when Adam and Eve disobeyed God and sinned against Him in the garden.
He then turned the questions to me asking why did Adam do that? I answered, “I don’t know, but I’d like to punch him in the throat.” I then continued and reminded him that “we are all like Adam and that we all sin, don’t we buddy?”
His comical, innocent words were filled with deep theological understanding when he said, “yah, that’s right…we all deserve to be punched in the throat.”
Wow! What a great reminder that we all have the same need for grace (Romans 3:23). None of us are perfect; None of us, on our own, seek after God; None of us are righteous (Romans 3:10-12). None of us deserve to have any part of God’s goodness.
Here are a few quick steps to take as you apply this truth:
- Seek forgiveness if you’ve wronged someone
If you have sinned against someone by treating them poorly, unfairly, or through gossip, seek their forgiveness.
- Forgive someone who has wronged you
Don’t hold a grudge. God commands us to forgive as we have been forgiven so much more. See the blog by Chuck Lawless “Steps to forgive a church…or a person.”
- Extend grace and kindness to those who get on your nerves
Give grace to your enemy and “kill” them with kindness. Be extra nice to that person who gets on your nerves or just doesn’t seem to deserve it.
- Give people the benefit of the doubt
I admit that I’m a pessimist and often think the worst about people. When I force myself to give people the benefit of the doubt, my relationships are stronger, my demeanor more pleasant, and my internal riling and bitterness is suppressed.
- Remind yourself of your own sin
When we remember how much Christ saved us from and how far we still need to go to be like Him, it’s a lot easier to be gracious towards other.
We all need to receive and extend grace. We all need the saving work of Christ on the cross to pay the penalty of our sins and bring us into a right relationship with God, because we all deserve a punch in the throat.