Sometimes I do or say things I wish I wouldn’t have. Anyone else?
Last Sunday we looked at John 13 when Jesus sums up Christianity and said, “love one another.”
Sometimes instead of compassionately understanding where someone is coming from I grow impatient and roll my eyes. Sometimes my ego gets in the way of asking for forgiveness. Sometimes I just don’t care. Sometimes my loving intentions don’t match up with my unloving actions.
Sometimes I am a walking paradox.
But I’m guessing this isn’t just true for me. Sometimes we are all walking paradoxes. This communal confession is not intended to bring us shame, but to remind us of the words in Titus 3:2, inviting us to be gentle. We are all works in progress and lives in process. We are all learning how to love and become the lovers that Christ has called us to be. And along the way we are called to be gentle, offering and receiving round of grace to and from one another as we learn to be the loving people we aspire to become.
And while we learn to take off the training wheels that help us love, we can trust that God, who is perfect love, never stops loving us. God is abounding in steadfast love. So as we learn we can trust that the one who is love offers gentle strength to us along the way of our pilgrimages.