The New Jersey Times wrote about a criminal trial where a young Hispanic man was being charged with the deaths of three young people in a Newark schoolyard. The hostility and emotions were running high. But then the article told of a person on the other side of that courtroom, the only person connected to that defendant as follows: “The other side of the courtroom behind the defendant’s table was a small, timid woman. She wore sensible slip on shoes of a working woman. And her hands were lined with dry wrinkles of hard work. Anna Gomez is the mother of the defendant. And there is perhaps no lonelier figure in a courtroom than the parent of a murder defendant, especially in a trial like this.”
All through history, we’ve seen stories of a loving mom, being there alone – the only one supporting her child when the child is accused of a vicious and horrible crime. There’s something incredibly noble about mother’s love during those times. Yet think how despicable it would be if the son of this mother said, “I don’t care what I’ve done and I’m not changing from my life of crime because I know my mother will love and forgive me no matter what.” That would be disgusting and vile.
But how often children of God have the same kind of mindset towards Him? Because we know He loves us and will forgive us, we decide, “I’m going to go ahead and continue to do what I want to and live as I please. After all, God will forgive me no matter what.” What a sickening understanding of God’s grace! “May it never be!”
When we really understand the love and grace of God, we are so overwhelmed with gratitude at what Christ has done for us – giving His life for us to free us from enslavement to sin – that we want to live in a way that is pleasing to Him and to our earthly parents!