Proverbs 17:9: “Love prospers when a fault is forgiven, but dwelling on it separates close friends.”

Imperfection – how do we feel about that? We know that God is perfect; humans on the other hand are not. How does that affect our relationship with the Trinity? Our many imperfections certainly interfere, don’t they? Let’s face it: what has “unholy” to do with “holy”? How can we possibly come to good terms with perfection if all that we can come up with is our wide array of imperfections?

That is the question. And here is the kicker, called: Imperfection Made Perfect!

Our imperfections are made perfect through the Trinity’s interventions. This has added a whole new spin to our interactions with God and people. It gave love an added dimension. Call it color, call it flavor – it makes love rich and generous, and it’s called forgiveness. Jesus has set up the stage for forgiveness when He uttered His famous last words before He died (Luke 23:34):

“Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.'”

Love covers over all wrongs. That’s how forgiveness perfects our imperfections; love bridges deep ruptures, soothes the mutually exclusive, seasons our history with the Almighty with monumental moments. Ever felt His healing touch after a gut-wrenching failure? Forgiveness and mercy tastes sweet when peace settles in our soul after we let go of this sour taste of defeat and stop throwing ourselves under the bus with condemnation.

Age-old wisdom: we need to be forgiven, and we need to forgive others. Never forget, how we conduct our affairs with people mirrors our walk with God. Life’s a lifelong love affair with plenty of room for forgiveness. Our imperfections are like curve balls thrown at us. We’re challenged to catch such curve balls and land a home run as we love, let go of hurts, and love again.

“She took her crayons from a box
And placed them in my glove
And said, ‘By mixing all of these
Comes my favorite color–love.’”                     Joni Mitchell

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