Police officers receive a lot of criticism and scorn in our day and age. Though they often risk their lives to protect us, they are often disrespected and abused. It would be easy to understand if they became cynical and a little hard-hearted. Yet, I heard of an officer recently who showed incredible kindness.
When the officer stopped a woman because her young daughter was riding in a car without the required booster seat, he could have written her a ticket for a traffic violation. Instead, he asked the mother and daughter to meet him at a nearby store where he personally paid for the needed car seat. The mother was going through a difficult time and could not afford to buy a seat.
Although the woman should have received a fine for her misdemeanor, she walked away with a gift instead.
Isn’t that exactly how Christ has treated each of us. We are all guilty of violating God’s laws. The writer of Ecclesiastes puts it this way Indeed, there is no one on earth who is righteous, no one who does what is right and never sins. (Ecclesiastes 7:20). Yet, God doesn’t give us what we deserve. Instead He offers us the gift of eternal life. What a picture of grace.
If we are to be reflectors of Christ we must also respond to those around us with grace. I don’t know if this police officer was a believer or not, but he responded with Christ like mercy. May the Lord help us to show this kind of love to those we interact with this week. Instead of reacting with anger or impatience, let’s try showing a little grace!
Have a great week!
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