Jesus is coming soon!
Everyone defines “soon” differently, but we know it’s closer every day, and I think about it all the time.
Most recently, I wondered: If we were whisked into Heaven tonight, what would happen to the unresolved relationships that we currently have with other Christians?
I’d like to say all of my relationships are perfect, but let’s face it – that’s just not the truth. Most of the troubled ones are in the midst of some sort of reconciliation, but if God returned, and we were at the cusp of eternity, what would happen? What happens to the conflict?
You know what I think?
We’d see ourselves and our sinfulness in its fullest light. Then we’d see the GREAT GRACE that God has given us! And when we looked at our brothers and sisters, we’d say, “I forgive you! I love you! God’s grace is HUGE!” And then we’d run up a mountain and dance in a cloud.
So why can’t we live like that now?
Why can’t we talk about things and just say, “Hey, I know you sinned, and so did I. It sucks. But God’s grace is bigger than both of us combined. So I love you. And will continue to love you. Let’s keep going…”
I think that’s what God intended when Jesus instructed us to forgive our brothers a gazillion times (to use my 6 year old’s math skills.)
A gazillion times.
Over and over. Because we aren’t perfect – yet. And until then, let’s love Jesus, love each other, communicate well, and throw heaps of grace over all of our messes.
Oh come quickly, Lord Jesus!
“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.” (Matthew 25:13)
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