Jan 19, 2016-
“The Pentagon is considering retroactively demoting retired Gen. David Petraeus after he admitted to giving classified information to his biographer and mistress while he was still in uniform, three people with knowledge of the matter told The Daily Beast.”
I remember reading a book about General Petraeus’ life history and being so incredibly impressed. He was smart and supremely dedicated, taking on the disaster of Iraq during a time of seemingly endless violence and unrest.
And then the news hit, this unbelievable news that this accomplished man was having an affair and sharing classified documents with a much younger woman working on his biography. Within no time, his career was shattered beyond repair.
Looking at the picture above is a chilling lesson to me about life. We can climb the mountain of success and reap all the rewards and accolades the world has to offer, but in the end everything we accumulate and achieve is subject to loss- including our reputation. The same people who sang General Petraeus’ praises are the people who will pluck the stars right off his shoulders. This is the nightmare that he is stuck in as his peers continue to debate the cost of his crime. In the eyes of man, he will never be able to separate himself from this transgression, and he continues to pay the price.
I realize that this situation is a direct result of this man’s poor choices..
I get it.
But there is something so horrifying about being stuck in the purgatory he’s in.
Which brings me to the subject of forgiveness.
One of the key aspects of my faith is that God forgives me for my sins…washes me white as snow every time I ask;
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”- John 3-23
God doesn’t bother ranking the bad things we do, handing out judgement on a sliding scale.. He simply tells us that sin is sin..and if we ask, He will forgive. He can do that..because HE paid the ultimate price for what WE did..our debt wasn’t wiped away, it was paid in full-by HIM and he in turn forgives us.
“He gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone.” (1 Timothy 2:6)
I don’t know where I would be if I didn’t have a loving father who relieved me of the burden of guilt I carry when I fall short. His loving example also encourages me to be extra cautious when I hastily condemn those who have made mistakes or hang on to a grudge for too long. We humans may never forgive each other- heck, we may have a hard time forgiving our own selves- but God tells us that He not only forgives, but He forgets!
Thank goodness for the FREEDOM and FORGIVENESS God gives.
For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.