|Published on Tue, 17 Jul 2018 14:32|
Maybe I’m the only one that’s done this, but even if it’s happened to everyone, it still feels terrible: bad estimation of space in a car park last week, and suddenly (see photo), I was having to write a note to leave a name and number under someone’s windscreen wiper, hoping that they might ignore it. Instead I got a text message response which is a lesson in grace:
“Just to say thanks for leaving the note, appreciate that. I've looked at it over the weekend and think the damage is very minor and is not worth getting fixed. The car has similar scrapes already on other corners and will inevitably get more over time as it lives on a narrow London street. So don't worry about it, but thanks for kindly leaving the note.”
This confirmed several things to me: 1 It’s always good to be honest; 2 People will often repay honesty with generosity; 3 God’s forgiveness is infinite but can only be given when we come to him in prayer about bad choices – sin in our lives; 3 Relief is a powerful and welcome emotion!
At the moment on Sundays at St Simon’s, we’re working through the first two chapters of 1 John. Perhaps the landmark verse in the series is 1 John 2:1-2 “…But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father – Jesus Christ the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but for the sins of the whole world.”