Reading through the first few chapters of Galatians this morning I was struck by the beauty of the gift of God’s grace–in the fact that He truly doesn’t judge us by our works.
This past week I’ve had several times where I’ve been able to let my guard down with people and just be me and it’s been so amazingly refreshing in a world where our performance is “king.”
It’s exhausting to have to perform constantly, because then you have to out-perform the next time, and the next time, and the next… but if we can just admit that “this is me” and I’m imperfect and although I’m doing the best I can, what I’m most grateful for is that God isn’t judging me on my performance. He loves me for who I am. If I have faith that He says who He say He is, then that’s enough for Him.
If, in our relationships with others, we can not expect people to perform to perfection, but love them for who they are…who they were created to be, we will be releasing them to be free from a burden that even God Himself didn’t place upon them.
Yes, we need to be responsible humans, and we should keep our word. But some days we’ll be brilliant and get it all done, and other days we’ll fall flat on our face. The performance of the day is not the sum total of who we are.
Gal. 4:7 says, “We are an heir of God through Christ.”
We are more than our mistakes. They happen. Get up. And keep moving. Apologize if necessary. Always forgive. Laugh about it if at all possible!