Sacco, an apparently successful, young executive sent a tweet she would love to have back. At best, she communicated poorly and indicated things she may not have intended. At worst, her words exposed a racial bias that is unbecoming in anyone of any race. Whatever the case, these events serve to illustrate what Christians are supposed to do.
Romans says every person who has ever lived, or will live, is guilty of sin against God (Jesus is the only exception). Before any chance to ‘make our case,’ we are already declared guilty and the judgement is correct. Nothing can ever change that. And that is the beauty of forgiveness!
God did not just ‘look the other way’ in offering to forgive guilty people. It’s quite the opposite. Jesus, the innocent One, took upon Himself the sins of every guilty sinner. God punished our sins when Jesus died on the cross. We, the guilty, can be free not because we are innocent but because the awesome grace of God offers forgiveness to people who don’t deserve it!
All of that is awesome by itself. But it gets better. Not only can we be forgiven and freed, we get to be part of God’s forgiving process. 2 Corinthians 5:18 says the guilty-but-forgiven sinners now have a ministry of reconciliation. God reconciled Himself to us through Jesus Christ and He has charged us with reconciling others to Him.
The next time someone you know says or does something they later regret, remember the forgiveness God extended to you. It’s a little easier to extend forgiveness and a second chance when we remember our own guilt. Remembering these things also makes better evangelists. Think about it!
Soli Deo Gloria!