“God made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.”
~2 Corinthians 5:21~
I know it’s me who is supposed to be the grown-up here, so it’s becoming more apparent to me how much I struggle finding words to communicate my current thoughts and feelings. It’s not until I’ve reached the brink of thoughts and feelings you might call “strong” that I realize I have needs and limits, and yes, I’m fine with it. Go ahead and call them weaknesses.
It’s good to realize your faults as a person, but there’s something bad about focusing too much on that. I used to think my job as a grown-up was to set the example by apologizing whenever I’d done something wrong. Where this becomes a bigger problem is when I start to believe and act as if all my problems would go away if only I could properly own all my problems.
The other side to these personal problems is that other people also have problems. If you’ve been wronged by someone else’s problems, the focus then can easily shift to other people and all of their problems. Remaining logical and consistent in your beliefs, you think the bigger problems would go away if only they could properly realize and own their own problems.
I love when Jesus gives us words. “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between him and you alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother (Matthew 18:15).” In the intimate context of love and sonship, we share in the faultless mind of Christ. There is godly reason, whereby on the forgiving cross of Jesus, God reveals himself to us.
The reason is always to gain a brother back.