I’m one of those women who are sarcastic sometimes. Like when I’m tired or hungry or frustrated. All of a sudden, I get this razor sharp tongue and I’m saying things to people that border on mean.
And I know it cuts deep because I’ve seen their faces looking back at me. I will shake my head and hate myself and I’ll feel horrible and guilty.
I keep wanting to be one of those women who is just super nice all the time, who smiles a lot and isn’t downcast or annoyed at people in the grocery line.
But I’m not.
I’m sarcastic, and I feel the words weighing on me after I’ve hurt someone. I’ll ache and wallow in guilt, but that’s not all. It doesn’t stop there.
There’s grace, and I forget it. I don’t know what you’re struggling with today, but I’ve learned that I can’t dwell in sin. I will own up to it, but I can’t stay down because Christ loves me too much for me to hate myself. He came to pardon our mocking and sinful spirit, and I am foolish to think I can save myself by beating myself up for my sarcastic words.
Ephesians 2:8-9 tells us, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.”
You’re not going to win on your own. You can pray desperately to be redeemed of your sin. You can ask the Holy Spirit to invade your soul, but beyond that, we have to stop dwelling in our wrongs. You can’t stay there and be restored. You have to let it go and let God do amazing work.
Now, I’m not downplaying the importance of apologizing or owning up to your wrongs. That’s an important step in the process, but it’s not the only one you have to make. My point is we can’t get stuck in sin because God’s grace allows salvation.
Does that sound too good to be true? Does that seem too full of “churchy” words?
I’ll put it this way: Grace always wins.
I’ve heard too many stories of people cowering in the corner after a relapse or wrong. You’re not meant to be afraid. You’re meant to be empowered. You’re meant to come back from the grave. You’re meant for purpose.