“So when it was evening on that day, the first day of the week and when the doors were shut where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, ‘Peace be with you’” (John 20:19).
Jesus models for us a redeeming spirit in the midst of daily brokenness. The first word of the resurrected Christ to his disciples wasn’t, “I’m disappointed in you” or “You failed me when I needed you most.” He didn’t even say to them, “You had better repent, get your act together, and ratchet up your faith a few notches if you’re going to follow me.” Instead he offered a word of redemption, “Peace.” The world expects our judgement, criticism, and finger-wagging. What they least expect is an expression of grace. Try it, and you will be surprised at the doors it opens.