Read Matthew 21:28-32. I must admit something to you today: I am not perfect. Can you believe that? I’m a Salvation Army officer, a Christian spiritual leader. But I do not always get it right.
In fact, I’m a mass of contradictions. I can be kind on occasions, and very cutting on others. I can be very generous, but also stingy. I have been a Christian for many years, but I am still a sinner. I get it right. And I get it wrong.
But here’s the good news: God loves me. And he loves you too, even if you identify with my contradictions. God loves the saints, but Jesus tells us, he also loves the corrupt tax collectors and prostitutes! Can you understand that? I can’t! It seems a complete mystery much of the time.
Unless we surrender to this truth – that God doesn’t forgive, he is forgiveness – then we will never truly experience the transformation that Jesus brings. All we can do is simply accept his grace and mercy and then try to be a minister of the same to others.
THINK IT OVER
Think about the following:
•Do you see any inner contradictions in your own life? Do you think God can still love you with those contradictions?