Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Maserati Forgiveness

This morning a gentleman calls in a claim that almost made me cry. Being an automotive fanatic, I cringe frequently hearing about certain vehicles being involved in accidents. This one in particular broke my heart, I could barley take notes on the claim because the tears drowning my keyboard (I’m just kidding, I did not cry about this). Someone had backed into his car. Not a Honda or Ford, not even a Cadillac, but someone had backed into his Maserati GranTurismo! The car in the picture above! Why is it that I made sound effects along the line of OHH, Agh, Ehh, etc. when I heard about his car? Why don’t I react similarly when a Toyota Yaris is involved? Well, I know that the engine is built with fine parts, the interior is crafted by hand, the suspension is fitting for an all out race car. The Toyota Yaris is made in a factory and has millions of clones. Maserati’s are made in limited production because of the time it takes to make them, they are beautiful machines made by hand with attention paid to every detail. That is also why they cost so much. So you can’t look at a Maserati and say, “It’s just a car!” It is when you find out how much went into making this car, how much time and labor hours it took to create what we marvel at that we realize that it is not just another car, but is worth my mouth watering.

I was reading my morning devotional and came across this little jewel of a quote, “Once you realize all that it cost God to forgive you, you will be held as in a vise, constrained by the love of God.”

Much like we cannot look at a Maserati or Ferrari and say, “That’s just a car,” we cannot look at forgiveness on the surface either. Once we realize how much our forgiveness cost we realize how beautiful the forgiveness is, thus giving it a greater value within ourselves and that make us appreciate and worship God all the more. God’s love cannot be appreciated isolated from forgiveness either, His love is seen in the forgiveness and the forgiveness is magnified by the amount of pain it took to give. We must not look at God as the Candy Land God, who is only love and forgives us because He is just this bubbly feel good type of a being. God is completely just and to fulfill this justice He had to sacrifice a perfect Lamb, Jesus, to atone for our sins. We fully appreciate forgiveness we have been given only by knowing the sacrifice it took to deliver. May you praise God for the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross and know what forgiveness is worth.

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