Friday, July 2, 2021

Five Minute Friday - Deserve

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One word. Five minutes to write about it. This is the idea behind Five Minute Friday and this is today's free-writing post.

get what you deserve
you deserve better
one good turn deserves another

Do we really get what we deserve? Do we treat others as they deserve?

You know, sometimes people DO get what they deserve. We often call it karma, but a lot of times it's just consequences. Like when someone loses their job because they were always late or disrespectful or wasting company time, they got what they deserve. Or when someone who regularly treats their friends badly, gossips, or talks down to them doesn't get invited to the next party or included in things, they might be getting just what they deserve.

Ideally, we would learn from the experiences of getting a bit of what we deserve. Our decisions and actions have consequences, and we do need to be responsible.

 But we have all failed, and we have all made dumb decisions. Most notably, we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23) and there are consequences for sin. We deserve punishment for our sin. We actually deserve death. God offers us forgiveness and if we choose to accept that, we don't get the death penalty we deserve. I think we need to understand just how much punishment we deserve before we can appreciate how much grace we've been given. 

We've all messed up, every one of us. So maybe we should give a little more grace to each other. Pay it forward. 

He does not treat us as our sins deserve
or repay us according to our iniquities.
~Psalm 103:10~


This post is linked at Five Minute Friday for the word prompt "Deserve".

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Linda Stoll said...

Well, thankfully, God 'doesn't treat us as our sins deserve.'

What a wonderful Savior we serve!

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