Have you heard about the bright, colorful signs in Richmond’s West End proclaiming love and imploring forgiveness? Here’s the report from one of the local stations.
The signs say things like “My heart aches without you” and “Never meant to hurt you.” As of tonight’s writing, it is unknown who the author of these signs are or who they are written to. Or what the author may have done that resulted in needing to so publicly ask for forgiveness.
As I watched this news story, I got to thinking. What if we professed our love of God and begged for forgiveness in a similar way? Now, I have done some pretty stupid stuff in relationships past and present where some neon colored posters on lamp posts might have helped. But I do know that in the midst of these mistakes I’ve made, some huge, while others small, I’ve learned something about myself along the way. And because of that, I change. I think the same is true when it comes to our relationship with God.
Sometimes I think we take the love and grace of Jesus Christ for granted. Just as the mistakes we make in our earthly relationships teach us more about ourselves, so do the mistakes we make in our relationships with God. So, where is our boldness to proclaiming our love for the God who created us? Where is our boldness in openly seeking forgiveness?
The writer of Hebrews tells us, “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Are you willing to be as bold as neon signs on the side of the road with your love of God?