As we know, it was God’s undeniable sense of justice that demanded that He allow Jesus to be sacrificed on the cross. However, it was God’s mercy that allowed this perfect human to be killed for the sin of all mankind. While we can do nothing to earn and thereby exact from God forgiveness, we are able to come humbly and ask for forgiveness that can only be given by a merciful Lord.
The Message says in I John 1 verses 5 through 7, “This, in essence, is the message we heard from Christ and are passing on to you: God is light, pure light; there’s not a trace in darkness in him.
“If we claim that we experience a shared life with him and continue to stumble around in the dark, we’re obviously lying through our teeth–we’re not living what we claim. But if we walk in the light, God himself being the light, we also experience a shared life with one another, as the sacrificed blood of Jesus, God’s son, purges all our sin.”
While we cannot earn our deliverance. We can live our deliverance. Though in her early 20’s Polly lived a life that would make a sailor blush. Before she was in her teen’s, she knew more about worldly activities than many others who have lived long, hard years of debauchery. But she had a heart that yearned for God’s kiss of mercy. Her walk for complete of deliverance has been hard because there is no family support or living arrangements that would encourage Christ-like deportment.
A few years ago, she accepted Jesus as her Savior. Slow but surely she is walking toward the wholeness that God’s mercy promises. I’m learning from her by her misses, skips and successes. I’m grateful that she is a part of my life and I’m able to be a part of her growth.
Within the mentally challenged community, there are many young adults like Polly. It is a joy to be included in the sphere of their friends.