People, even the “best” people, make mistakes.
I’ve stopped being surprised when I find out the person I thought had it all together doesn’t.
When “the good girl” gets pregnant…it doesn’t catch me off guard as much anymore.
When I hear about the person in ministry, who falls into repetitive sin, I’m saddened, heartbroken, but not as perplexed as I used to be.
When the “mom” is the guilty one…it stings…I may even be angry for a while…but not overly surprised.
Sin is all around us.
It’s a messed up world we live in these days…and these days have always been. Since the fall of man.
The truth is that good people make bad decisions.
We shouldn’t be too surprised when people behave like…well…people.
That’s not an excuse. I’m not letting people “off the hook”.
I’m not saying we shouldn’t try to make better decisions.
We should. We really, really should.
We should be holy, because God is holy. (1 Peter 1:16)
We should have the mind of Christ. (Philippians 2:5)
I’m not saying there aren’t consequences for our actions.
There are. (Galatians 6:7)
But, I am saying…really remembering…that the only “good” in me (and others) is Christ.
All we like sheep have gone (and go) astray…apart from God’s grace.
The heart is deceitful above all things. (Jeremiah 17:9)
Sanctification is a process. (Philippians 2:13)
We need Jesus. We need Him desperately.
People make mistakes.
Even the “best” of people. Even believers.
Even me. Especially me.
Are you surprised?