Dear Grace...

I thought I could count on my best friend to keep a confidence but he posted something on Facebook that I hadn’t told anyone else. Now everyone knows. It seems like nobody can be trusted.

Jonas

Dear Jonas,

Oh, yes, I know what you mean. People disappoint and hurt everyone. We are not as yet what we will be. We are not fully formed yet. Whether a child, a young adult, or a senior citizen, we are “not fully cooked.” It's like taking a chicken out of the oven after five minutes, while it's still cold, and thinking “this is a terrible tasting chicken!” It isn’t ready yet, is all.

”And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into His image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit” (2 Corinthians 3:18).

Being transformed: A process which is not done yet. “Undercooked.”

It’s a good reason to forgive – I’m not cooked and neither are you. Let’s give each other a break. While we ARE being transformed, it’s a slow and gradual process but it IS happening. Isn’t it great to know I’m closer along to being transformed than I was last year?!

So until Christ is finished His work in us and others, we can be wise and patient and let Him do His work (without trying to help or point out where He should focus His attention!)

Let’s await that day of complete transformation for ourselves with joy and get used to asking for (and GIVING) forgiveness 'til then! "Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4).

Love, Grace