Have you ever had a friend in whose presence you always felt you had to be careful to not offend them? Did you feel you were “walking on eggshells” around them? I have felt that way also.
On the other side of the spectrum, I love to be around friends who like me for who I am and who give me “permission” to be real. To be myself. (With respect, of course.)
That is the kind of friend I want to be. That is the kind of wife, mother, grandmother, and mother-in-law, that I want to be. I want to accept you for who you are, not who I wish you were.
God is like that. In the book of Psalms David cried out to God and questioned God and even became quite angry with God because of situations in his life. Yet, God loved him. God forgave him, and God accepted him.
We can have that kind of relationship with God as well, no matter what we have done, what we have said, or how we have treated God.
He gives us permission to pour out our hearts to Him. To tell Him how we feel. Let’s do it respectfully, but let’s be real and honest with God, even when things are difficult. He can take it, and He will not stop loving us.
He is our example of how we should treat each other – with love and forgiveness.
We have permission to be real and honest, and we should grant that same permission to others.
Thanks be to God.
(This post was written for the website www.fiveminutefriday.com and it was literally written in 5 minutes. Some minor editing was done, as well as extra time to find the illustrations. Feel free to check out the website for other writers’ interpretations of “PERMISSION”.)