What if they knew who I really was?
What if I knew who they really were?
Where do I fit? I am so unqualified, and I am insecure.
I stumble too often over my words, and fail in my actions. As I have listened to the conversations and comments of others, though they may not be directed intentionally at me – I am made to feel inadequate, because I am not as “good” as they are saying that “I” should be.
I can never be, and will never be that “good” – that “perfect.”
And that word…UNQUALIFIED…resonates once again.
And they have no idea how hurtful those unintentional words are.
What if they knew who I really was? The “who” I once had been. What if they knew why I was that person? Would I still be judged? Would I still be condemned? If I told my story, would they be more careful with their words? Or would they even care? Or would the condemnation be worse than it already is? Would it change the way they thought about “me.”
Everyone has a story. Everyone has a past. Can I remember this? Can I remember that – the one who just spoke those words that cut me so deep – they too have a history that may be painful? Can I offer grace to them, despite the pain they caused me?
Did they really mean to hurt me?
We are all broken in different ways. We have all sinned. We have all fallen short of God’s glorious standard (Reference Romans 3:23).
We are all imperfect people with imperfect pasts.
The Accuser [Satan] wants us to feel condemned. He will use the unintentional words of others to wage and rage a war in our minds. There is nothing that we can do on our own to make ourselves “good;” yet God, in His grace, freely makes us right in His sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when He freed us from the penalty for our sins (Reference Romans 3:24). So there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus (Reference Romans 8:1).