“to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace” Ephesians 1:6-7
In the midst of chaos in the world today we are always trying to please and impress so many people. Whether it is for relationships, friendships, or work. We have to earn their trust, we have to earn their love, or we have to earn the next promotion. But wait.. even after we earn trust, love, and that promotion it can be shattered at any moment. Sometimes after these things are earned we feel like we are always walking on glass and waiting for it to shatter because we made a mistake or failed in some way that disappointed the person we love, that special friend, or didn’t quite perform well enough in that promotion.
We can all agree that life is hard here on earth but we can also acknowledge a lot of times it’s because we are trying to do it all on our own. We are all going to fail at some point and some might fail multiple times. Yes when we fail there will be disappointment and maybe to the point of losing relationships or jobs. The question you have to ask was that relationship real or was it really the right time to take that promotion?
If that relationship was real where is the forgiveness and grace when that mistake was made. I understand some mistakes are so deep that we as humans cannot forgive the one that hurt us immediately, and sometimes the flame goes out during the pain and reconciliation.
This is where is Jesus is completely different, unlike any other relationship, and sometimes we cannot grasp how He can forgive us while also giving us grace we don’t deserve. While you are thinking about that last sentence, name another relationship where they gave up everything for you without expecting anything in return. It’s uncommon, it’s not natural, and it’s basically not humanly possible. You see when you focus on how you can fix things you typically continue to mess them up unintentionally. This is when we have to learn that God’s redemption, love, and grace is bigger than us.
Stop trying to be god. Stop trying to impress. Stop trying restore every relationship. Stop trying to understand what is next. Start relying on Jesus to restore relationships. Start relying on Jesus to help you be comfortable with you. Start relying on Jesus to guide your next steps in His timing. If we truly surrender to Jesus, our hearts will change, people will notice the difference, and reconciliation begins to seem like a miracle.
But some relationships, friendships, and promotions could be in the way of you fulfilling God’s purpose that He has planned for you, so maybe he is clearing the path for something greater that you can’t imagine!