Every high priest selected to represent men and women before God and offer sacrifices for their sins should be able to deal gently with their failings, since he knows what it’s like from his own experience. Hebrews 5:3
Imagine being in a high political office and reading the headlines in the newspaper that you had faltered, failed, or did something illegal. President Nixon left office in disgrace, and with a belly full of humble pie. He took many others from Watergate down, too. They failed at the game they were playing, which became a dead-end to their careers.
People seem to love to see big-shots fail. Newscasters scramble to put out “breaking news.” In Hebrews, we are reminded to be gentle to those who have failed. We learn from our failures and become stronger to help others learn and grow. We don’t need someone to applaude our misdeeds. One never knows when a camera lens will capture something they’ve failed at too.
Lord, help us be grace-filled people to those who need it the most. Amen.