Today I found myself saying as I was processing pain, “They can win. All the sin and all the pain can rest on me because lack of relationship is much more painful than paying for someone else’s sin.” Afterward, I wondered if Jesus said something similar to the Father at some point – minus the “they can win” part. I don’t know that I can pay for someone else’s sin. I may suffer as a result of it. I may forgive and accept a huge loss in the forgiveness process because what was taken from me never will be able to be returned. But I don’t know that I can actually pay for their sin. Jesus can, but I don’t know if I can.
I had dinner with lovely friends, which was one of the nicest parts of my day. But the random highlight is taken by slipping in the mud on the way home and being mildly annoyed before rejoicing because I finally had a problem that I could fix!
Or do you think Scripture says without reason that He jealously longs for the Spirit He has caused to dwell in us? James 4