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

I can be a perfectionist sometimes. Working on a painting, this can drive me absolutely crazy. However, I have learnt to let go. If I didn’t, no painting would be finished. I would eternally hunt for the perfect painting and never see the end of it.

Similarly, we are masterpieces. We’re not perfect, but our Creator has decided to let us go and let us be. It’s called free will. Anything less than this kind of freedom would have stifled our relationship with Him.

So, here we are: imperfect human beings on one hand and our flawless God on the other. How can humans and God ever come together and have a relationship?

This thing called love does it (Proverbs 10:12):

“Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs.”

Love covers over all wrongs. That’s how forgiveness works. Experiencing forgiveness is like seeing the sun rise again. We stop throwing ourselves under the bus with condemnation when we accept forgiveness. This is imperfection made perfect!

Jesus set the stage for forgiveness. That’s why He came, and that’s what He stands for. Call it color, call it flavor – forgiveness makes love rich and generous. It gave love an added dimension.

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. Their imperfections are like curve balls thrown at us. We’re challenged to catch them 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