If you were ONLY known for the worst thing you have done in your life, think of the labels that would come with that, and the opportunities you may lose out on in your life, and the guilt and shame you would be covered in.Heavy isn't it?
That question was poised to us at the beginning of an orientation class I participated in at Changed Choices - a ministry to women in prison and after their release. That statement pricked my heart.
I know the labels that were put on me from childhood and the labels I used to put on myself in my BC (Before Christ) years. Oh, I thank God for Jesus Christ and that I'm now label-free.
But, what If you were ONLY known for the worst thing you have done in your life?
But what about the men and woman in prison who have truly repented and have worked hard a making better choices in life? Like you and I have done.
Some Christians do not have a past to be ashamed of or a past that could have ended with them becoming Offender #12345. And they, I'm sure, cannot relate. But, I do. I know what God has forgiven me for. I know how close I came to being just an "O" number - Offender #12345.
God Almighty does not remember our worst offenses. Our sins (offenses) are thrown into the deep and are remembered no more. Our American society needs to be a little more Grace-oriented and forgiving. It can only happen society-wide if it begins with you and I as Followers of Christ. If true Believers would forgive and extend Grace - as each of us have been forgiven and covered by God's Grace - then as a society we would see positive change. Even within our prisons.
Where sin abounded, Grace abounded much more. ~Words of the Apostle Paul, THE SERIAL MURDERER , as recorded in Romans 5:20bBecause of Him and Unto Him,
I'm not an "O" number,