Rahab, the harlot, you have heard of her right? The harlot of Jericho who God gave divine wisdom, helped the Israelites scout out the city of Jericho, and was given protection when the city of Jericho fell. She now has the privilege of being in the ancestral line of Jesus (Joshua 2, Matthew 1:5).
Her story sings the beauty of grace no matter who you are or what you’ve done. It’s a message we must always remember; not only for ourselves when we sin against God, but also for others when they assail us.
What does embracing the broken actually look like in a Christian’s life? Or as a dear friend likes to say, “What does it look like on a Tuesday?” On a Tuesday means showing grace and mercy to the person who has wounded you the most, extending mercy to the supposed friend who cut you down. It means mercy to the parent who has failed, to the child who has deserted the way he should go, to the boss who is unjust, and certainly to the adulteress.
Biblical truth says you are no more worthy than any of the people who have wounded you. You need grace; and as a Christian, you’ve received it. Praise God! In your great joy of salvation, see how God can use everyone. God has said even the harlot can be used by me.
Hear me, loving someone who has deeply wounded you is impossible apart from Jesus Christ. You have to be safe and secure in the greatest refuge before you can extend mercy to those who have trampled on you. If you try to will yourself to unconditionally love apart from Jesus you will find the task unbearable. However, if you instead put your total focus on Him, your weakness is perfected in His power (2 Corinthians 12:9). He will show you the way to walk.
Seek Him today. It is the way to freedom for all, even the harlot.
This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
I Timothy 2:3-4.
About the writer:
Caroline is a wife and mom who loves Jesus. She also has a career in commercial real estate investing. God has given her a heart for encouraging other women. She and her husband, Eric, are the directors of the Fellowship Class, a young married Sunday School class, at First Baptist Dallas.