Titus 2:14 (NIV) who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.
Titus 2:14 reminds us that Jesus died for ALL sin. Not just the sins I commit, but the sins committed against me.
1) What does this look like?
We all have them. Some are tiny and don’t require much attention or first aid. Others run deeper and may require medical attention such as stitches, casts, surgery. Some wounds are invisible to others. This could be as blatant as a drunk driver killing a loved one, a spouse cheating, child abuse – physical, emotional, sexual – stealing a child’s innocence. Or it can be subtle, like a friend’s judgement, a spouse’s little white lie. God can heal all these wounds. Jesus took them to the cross. I don’t have to fix any of them. God redeems. Clinging to hurts instead of allowing the wound to heal is my first reaction. In my human-ness, I want revenge, eye for an eye justice. Forgiveness is not in me. It is from God. True and complete forgiveness is only found in God. When the wounds are deep, it takes me several times of prayer to complete the forgiveness cycle. Often, I require re-visiting with God to continue the healing path.
2) How do I reflect this in my life?
I am constantly asking God to give me His grace for others and for myself. This can be seen as me being less judgmental and critical. When I hold on to the hurt, anger, and desire for revenge, I become full of bitterness, criticism, and fear. “Fear?” you might ask. Fear is a sneaky emotion. Being hurt makes me vulnerable. I don’t like that. My fear is that I will let it happen again, even when it’s not in my control. When I allow God’s grace to be seen in me, I exhibit peace, joy, kindness.
Often, I think of the unfairness in these circumstances. BUT, was it fair or just that Jesus died on the cross for my transgressions and the transgressions against me? Growing up, I had four older brothers who were quite protective of their baby sister. Jesus is the ultimate big brother. His protection includes the greatest sacrifice. Will you embrace Him?