Picture yourself standing in front of a crowd of people. They are your friends, family, and acquaintances. The lights dim and a spotlight begins to shine on you. A screen behind you begins to list every bad deed you have ever committed. It lists every bad thought, every bad word you have ever said, and every bad deed you have done. You are exposed.
Someone you’ve known your entire life stands up and says, “I can no longer be your friend.” She leaves. Others stand and leave with her.
Someone else says, “I will be your friend, but I will never look at you the same.” He sits back down.
The next person says, “You will have to prove your worth to me before I can forgive you.” He leaves. Others stand and leave with him.
One more person stands. She begins to walk down the aisle toward you. Once she is near, she reaches out for your hand. She yells out to the remaining people, “I have done just as many wrong things in my life. The only difference is that my sins…your sins have not been exposed. They are not on display for all to see.” She looks at you and says, “I love you. I forgive you. Now let’s go grab a bite to eat.” You two leave and a few others follow.
P.S. Which person do you want to be like?