“There is tremendous relief in knowing His love to me is utterly realistic, based at every point on prior knowledge of the worst about me, so that no discovery can disillusion him about me, in the way I am so often disillusioned about myself, and quench his determination to bless me.” - J.I. Packer
Smead Jolley played professional baseball almost 100 years ago. He was a great batter but a horrid fielder. As the story goes, a ball was hit to him in the outfield, but it went through is legs – error 1. As he turned and chased the ball it ricocheted off the outfield fence and again rolled through his legs – error 2. He eventually grabbed the ball and threw it wildly toward the infield, but it landed in the stands – error 3. Three errors in one play is not the record any of us would want.
The scorecards of our lives reveal a few errors; for some of us, there are a lot of them. We wish they would go away, but they are part of our lives.
We think that God could never love us because of all our regrettable acts and omissions, buts God deals with us differently. His love is always bigger than our failures.
Paul tells the Romans, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)
The issue is not the bad (or good) things we have done. What counts is what God has done for us!
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