To be the first to admit that I am a man full of folly and brokenness would be condescending in nature. For even the apostle Paul understood himself to be totally depraved and without a desire for good or for God (Romans 3, Romans 7).
I am not the first to recognize myself as being totally depraved.
However, this is my natural state of being.
This is all of our natural state of being.
But the grace of God outweighs our folly.
The grace of God outweighs our depravity.
The grace of God outweighs our corrupt human nature that bears the fruit of death, destruction, jealousy, envy, pride, and self-deprecation.
And man… is that grace often demonstrated with power.
“My brethren, if any among you strays from the truth and one turns him back, let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.” (James 5:19-20)
“Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins.” (1 Peter 4:8)
How thankful I am that the depth of my brokenness is not equal to the depth of the sovereign Lord’s grace. No, His grace and mercy overflows the cavernous wasteland that defines my natural state of being. And far more often than not is that grace expressed through the truth in love given by God’s people directly to my soul.
May we forever present ourselves to God as weak and incapable that He might direct our hearts continually towards the power of the Savior and thereby make known His presence through us.
For where His presence is, there is true love.
And where there is true love, there is redemption.
And where there is redemption, there is the covering of a multitude of sins.