After weeks of public scrutiny, the National Football League has decided to change their policy on player conduct in regards to off the field matters. Recent transgressions from Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson and Greg Hardy have caused corporate sponsors to begin to end their partnership with certain teams and perhaps the league itself. However, when the next scandal rears its ugly head, will anyone remember names like O.J. Simpson, Rae Carruth or Aaron Hernandez?
Although the media can be cruel, praising you one day; then running you over the next, did you get what you deserved? If you’re like Michael Sam, now a member of the Dallas Cowboys practice team, you really can’t do much to hurt the glowing reception you’ve received. On the other hand, if you’re a Josh Gordon of the world, how many opportunities will you blow before your dream is taken away for good? Regardless of where you find yourself on this spectrum, one thing is certain, you reap what you sow, Galatians 6:7-8.
Despite this reality, God has thrown a life line down to anyone who has blown it big time, messed up their life or screwed up someone else’s life. According to Psalm 103:10, God does not treat us as our sins deserve. While many individual’s will beat themselves up internally with guilt, resentment and shame, the Lord is only a prayer away, waiting with open arms of forgiveness. May the promise of Psalm 103:11-12 help you overcome any time you fall from grace, as God continues to treat his creations not as we deserve.
by Jay Mankus