No matter who we are, we sin. We hurt others (I hope unintentionally). Most of us don't think before we react. It seems like most everyone thinks of themselves and, on occasion, others. There is a verse set that is one of my favorites. It is a favorite because when I am there, I am free.
“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:36-40
This year, God and I have been pretty serious, growing a deeper understanding of what one might expect from love and what another can give. Of course, I can't understand the sacrificial love that Christ bled for me, but if I am to live his example into others, I must do it without placing expectations.
No matter what, there is forgiveness in every failure from my Savior. God knows me way better than I know myself and understands my willing heart, and moves generously within me. People think they know me, but only God really does. It's the same with everyone. Humans are very judgemental, even the people we see deep in a faith walk...because we are sinners. We fail, seek forgiveness, grow (I pray), and get back up. We don't know what the person in front of us is experiencing unless we take the time to care truly.
No matter what, you are worthy. I pray you to feel this in your core. Let's not dwell on what others say, but be diligent in who God says we are. Start with the firm foundation of faith in Jesus Christ and allow the Holy Spirit to lay the pavers.
Examples of living out faith are Clinton's mother, Peggy, and his father, TC.