When you have messed up

The other day our treasurer told me a check from November had not been cashed. So I sent a text to the person with the check inquiring about it. He is a “missionary to America” and we sometimes support him financially. He had been hospitalized with Covid and we wanted to relieve some of his financial burden. He replied by telling me that he had carried the check in his wallet and the edge with the account information had become frayed and the bank could not cash it. The bank told my friend to simply have us send him another check, which would be easy enough. Except it wasn’t. My friend said he was too embarrassed to tell me that he had been so careless with the check that it had become damaged, preventing him from asking for a new one. He sent me a picture of the check showing me the worn edge. I told him he gave me a great blog idea.

All he had to do was humble himself by admitting he had made a mistake and ask for a substitute. Had he done that, he would have found grace. What he had destroyed would have been immediately restored. Instead, he kept it to himself and almost certainly wondered when he would be found out. And all the while he has unnecessarily had to deal with the burdens on his own. Think about that. His relief was available at his request.

If you see the previous paragraph in a different context, it can easily be a parable of each of us in dealing with our own sin. Here it is again and this time instead of thinking of this person and the check, think of a person and their salvation.

All he had to do was humble himself by admitting he had made a mistake and ask for a substitute. Had he done that, he would have found grace. What he had destroyed would have been immediately restored. Instead, he kept it to himself and almost certainly wondered when he would be found out. And all the while he has unnecessarily had to deal with the burdens on his own. Think about that. His relief was available at his request.

The bank was right. It really is that simple. Except it isn’t, is it? The enemy of God either tries to convince us we do not need forgiveness or that we are beyond forgiveness. Neither is true. Everyone needs forgiveness and nobody is beyond it.

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