This week I was introduced to a video that was on a friend’s blog. I’m sorry, Friend, but I can’t remember whose it was, but t was the first time I had really listened to the lyrics of the Casting Crowns song, “Jesus, Friend of Sinners.” As I watched the words flash across the screen, my heart was broken for my more-often-than-I-want-to-admit failure to be like Christ.
One line in the song written by Mark Hall and Matthew West, gripped me at my core, stabbing me with the reality of my own sin:
“The world is on their way to You but they’re tripping over me…”
Immediately I began to see the faces of those I’ve tripped on their way to Jesus through the years. Where possible, I’ve asked for forgiveness. Some have granted it; others, I’m sure, haven’t.
Here’s the message in song from Casting Crowns. Am I the only one who’s heart is broken? Whose face do you see as the words appear across the screen?
But even in the midst of our failures, we have a God Who loves and forgives.
…who has saved us and called us to a holy lifeâ€”not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time… 2 Timothy 1:9
May we be faithful to do what He’s called us to do.
I pray God’s blessing on the work of your hands and your hearts,
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