If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. - 1 John 1:8-9
Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. - Ephesians 4:32
Last summer our oldest granddaughter, Jane, learned to sew through the kindness of another pastor’s wife who took her along to quilting classes at a local church. One purpose of the class was to make small quilts for newborns at hospitals, and Jane was subsequently able to make a quilt to give to her own, new, baby sister, Mariel Hope, born in September. In the meantime Jane’s tenth birthday came along in August, and I asked her what she wanted. She was hoping for a sewing box, but she also needed a seam ripper. “I can’t sew without a seam ripper!” she told me emphatically.
I found that statement amusing, but very true to my own experience. Without the ability to remove mistaken stitches and re-sew a seam or an armhole, sewing is frustrating and disappointing. Sewing requires patience at all times, but especially when one makes a mistake.
Jane’s statement about the seam ripper made me think, “And I can’t live without a sin-ripper!” Another name for it might be a “forgiveness-asker.” Going through life, I find it essential to be quick to humble myself and ask forgiveness for my own mistakes, blunders, and obtusities. Even to my tiny grandchildren, I need to say, “Oh, did I just bump your head? I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to do that. Are you okay?” And to my grown-ups I need to do the same: “I’m sorry I interrupted you.” “I’m sorry I didn’t communicate clearly.” “I’m sorry I wasn’t sensitive to your feelings.”
I can’t go through life without a sin-ripper!
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