“Then the Lord said, “Is it right for you to be angry?” –Jonah 4:4
It’s easy to pass judgment on people we “think” deserve sentencing of whatever kind.
We reason, “It’s not fair! Look at what they did! How could they get away with that?!”
Everyone makes mistakes daily. Before the world, we hide our stuff behind make-up, the latest styles, titles and positions, and then…behind closed doors…we are naked with our true selves.
The true self doesn’t always have it all together. They don’t always have the right answer or solution. They don’t always have a perfect night’s sleep and no stress.
When your computer crashes mid-project, or your cellular phone repeatedly drops calls, or your A/C goes, or you have car troubles, or unexpected visitors drop by at the wrong time – How are you then?
It is very easy to judge a person from the outside when you have NO clue what they’re struggling with on the inside.
Is it a death? Financial issues? Bad family secret? Bad past? Loss of job? Illness? –What is it that makes a person break?
What makes a person break is different for each of us and we can’t compare with the next person because our lives are different, because our experiences are different.
BUT in the breaking…when no one else understands…there is One who does. One who hears your cry. God.
When everyone else is ready to condemn you, God pulls for you. He gives you the second chance; many second chances.
Compassion cannot be truly taught or learned without have walked through some doozies of your own. Doozies that you have been forgiven for and given not only a second chance, but many second chances.
“You don’t know how far you have come until you know how far you have fallen” ~Laurie Popovich
Aren’t you glad that you were given the second chance by Him when everyone else was quick to condemn you?
So, when you see the person “walk” from something terrible, DON’T judge. You don’t know their story; their cry for forgiveness.
Praise Him for being a forgiving God who grants many second chances.
Many beautiful people have been born anew and have radically changed their parts of the world through a clean, heavenly slate; a second chance.
So, “Is it right for you to be angry?” We’re all walking second chances many times over. How about granting some?
Your friend and sister,