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Embarrassing Sin, Comforting Forgiveness

forgive [1]I recently sent out an impulsive and sin-tainted email to a group of people whom I dearly love.

Two brothers quickly and gently confronted me. I then had the humbling experience of emailing a detailed confession to the same group of people.

But the embarrassment I felt was worth the blessing of receiving this incredibly encouraging response to my confession:

Thank you for your humble apology. I gladly forgive you, just as Jesus has so graciously forgiven me for my sins over and over.

I will add this: while your action in this instance is something you wish you had done differently, it does NOT characterize your character. I respect you and believe in you as much as ever.

For what it’s worth … I always give more credit to someone who is a “doer” who makes an occasional mistake than to those who seem perfect because they do nothing.

Your brother in Christ …

Grace, grace … lavish grace from a godly man who’s tasted the forgiveness of God and delights to pass it on to others.

As you can imagine, I’d prefer not to highlight my embarrassing failure … but it’s worth it in order to share with you this brother’s example of the comforting and restoring forgiveness God calls us to give to a repentant brother or sister:

This punishment is enough, so you should rather turn to forgive and comfort him, or he may be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow. So I beg you to reaffirm your love for him (2 Cor. 2:6-8).

Please remember this brother’s example the next time you have an opportunity to model Jesus’ love by quickly, explicitly and fully forgiving someone who stumbles like I did.

– Ken Sande

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