Thursday, July 6, 2017
Grace and Mercy
Lamentations 3:22-23 "Because of the ’s great love we are not consumed,
Jesus tenderly offers absolute grace. He forgave an adulteress, a thief on the cross, a disciple who had denied ever knowing Him, and a man named Saul, who had made his mark persecuting Christians. Grace is absolute and all-encompassing, extending even to those who nailed Jesus to the cross: “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing” were among the last words He spoke on earth (Luke 23:34)." odb.org This endless gift of grace reminds me of the lyrics.. 'Grace, grace, God's grace.. grace that is greater than all my sin.'
Had we been dealt with , we should have been consumed long ago; but we have been dealt with , and we are bound to acknowledge it to his praise." When we talk with God about our struggles, we will more readily see the mercies He provides to us daily. One of God's greatest mercies is time... time to turn back to Him.
We may feel we are too sinful to have any hope of God's grace and mercy, but there is no one beyond God's reach. His offer of grace to save is for all who chose to believe in Jesus' life, death and resurrection. In 1 Timothy 1: 15-16, we are reassured by Paul that none of us are beyond hope..."