Halos

“Why do we require halos from anybody?”

-Misael Loera

We were driving in his old maroon van, us four friends having deep life discussions.  He’s a pastor, Pastor Misael, and he’s one full of grace and joy and love.

The topic of ‘doing well’ and ‘being good’ came up, and he shook his head in heartfelt pity.  “Why do we require halos from anybody?”  No one is perfect, he said, and we shouldn’t act like anyone is.  There is grace sufficient for every fault; love that covers over every sin.  We try to follow Christ — as we should — and we still fall.  Our friends still mess up.  Our families still go astray.

Take the pressure off, therefore, and live.  Accept His grace, and give it freely.  Stop expecting halos from people; rather, learn to love and encourage in the journey of being made like Christ.

Misael’s words hit me square in the face when he said them.  His word “anybody” includes myself.  Why do I require a halo from myself?  If I can give grace and learn to love others as I should, why can’t I do that for myself?  The answer is simple yet difficult: I can.  I can give grace to myself and learn to love myself as God does.  How?  By those very same parts of God — His grace and His love.

“But He said, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.'”

2 Corinthians 12:9a

If you have a few minutes, read over 2 Corinthians 12:1-10.

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