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One Size Fits All

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Romans 6:23 NIV

Photo courtesy of pixabay.Shopping with a granddaughter, going through racks and racks of sized clothing, we came to a section marked one-size-fits-all. We broke out in laughter. She is petite. I am not. (I would appreciate it if we just left it at that.)

Later though, I thought of a line that read “sin doesn’t come in sizes.” I did a double take then, as I do now, thinking sin is sin, one as bad as the other. Human nature makes us think our sin is worse than someone else’s—no matter what the sin is. Yet sin separates us from God the Father, so sin is sin.

Nor does the gift of God come in different sizes but is a one-size-fits-all. “Lord, forgive me” is all it takes to be forgiven and to be put into the good graces of our Lord. He looks at our hearts, not our sin. His forgiveness is as big as His heart: HUGE And huge love equals huge forgiveness.

Forgiveness doesn’t mean we don’t pay consequences for our sin. Sometimes there are legal consequences, family or relationship consequences, or health consequences. But on God’s end, when we ask for forgiveness, we are forgiven and His forgiveness is perfect. He is ready to work with and for us.

As Christians, we can focus too much on the sin and not the forgiveness—possibly even wallowing in our sin, which might be easier than changing our ways. Lord, I am so terrible. Lord, I have failed you. Lord, I am a rotten piece of humanity. We forget we are created in His image, and that He really wants us to say, “I’m sorry, please forgive me.”

God’s forgiveness reaches to each of us, no matter the sin. He loves us; He forgives us.

The next time you shop with someone you love, remember Jesus’ love is truly a one-size-fits-all.

(Photo courtesy of pixabay.)

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Susan Paulus

Susan Paulus is the mother of three adult daughters and grandmother to nine and has been married for over 60 years. She loves her part-time job at her small church in Northwest Ohio, is challenged by the two writers' groups she attends, and loves remembering she was led to the Lord in the mid 1970's by a woman who prayed, "Lord, use me."