The Road Back
There is a movie that I go back to again and again, because it gives me hope for the broken places, people, and things in my life. God is our Precious Father in Heaven, and He is continually forgiving us. Jesus paid an unfathomable Price to make forgiveness possible.
He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed. 25 For you were continually straying like sheep, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls. (1 Peter 2)
Now, I will tell you the movie, but not until the end of this Post. But I will share with you the conversation that encourages me so much from this Movie. Some of you will guess the movie right away, some won’t! Here goes:
Dad: “I guess it can be summed up as ‘The Road to Hell is paved with good intentions.”
Daughter: “Then what is the Road Back paved with?
I watch this Father/Daughter exchange again and again. It reminds me to bow under, to yield to, and trust God in all situations. It reminds me to seek forgiveness from God and from those whom I have hurt. It reminds me to practice humility in every relationship, every circumstance, every day. I have been married for 31 years to the same Precious, and wonderful man. We have raised two wonderful sons and a precious daughter. I was told that the three most important words in a marriage are, “I love you!” I beg to differ. I have found that the three most important words I need to use are actually, “I’m sorry, Honey!” And three more which are to be said right in the next breath, “Please forgive me!” I have said, “I love you,” but I bet if you asked my beloved husband, he would tell you that the humility of admitting when I am wrong and asking forgiveness is the secret ingredient that makes a marriage work. Jesus died to make forgiveness possible, not just God forgiving us, but us forgiving one another. Relationships are hard because people are hard. I am hard, you are hard; we all are. But the Road back from any “falling out’ is humility. Some situations are irreconcilable, I know that. But most need just a bit of mutual humility to mend the breach. Let us humble ourselves under the Mighty and Gentle Hand of God, while we seek forgiveness and restoration with one another.
His promises never fail, His mercies are truly New every morning, Great is His faithfulness! (Lamentations 3:23) Since God’s mercies are new every morning, let us practice the humility of having mercy and forgiveness toward one another. The name of the movie is, “The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood”