Recently, on the same day, a world leader lauded the courts for legalizing Gay Marriage and then sang Amazing Grace at a memorial service. He lead those gathered in that song. What a contrast that was to glorify same sex marriage and to find grace in the midst of tragedy. But it is in the tragedy of sin that we will always find Amazing Grace. A young man gunned down nine people in church after a bible study. Where is the grace found in that place on that day? It is found when love overcomes anger and offers to forgive the one who caused so much harm.
Our own sins cause harm to ourselves and to others. There are always casualties when we sin, always hurt and anger and frustration. But, grace reaches down into the depths and forgives and heals and restores. Where does this grace come from? Grace is from God. He is the One who forgives sin and restores sinners and heals the hurts and makes things right again.
I am forgiven by God when I ask Him to forgive me. He does this because He sent His Son Jesus to bear the penalties of my sin so that God could in His mercy forgive me and make me clean from all sin. In the Bible it says: “For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.” 2 Corinthians 5:21 NLT By faith, I believe in God and in His Son Jesus. By faith I ask God to forgive me of my sins and to forgive me. By faith in God I believe that my sins are forgiven. By Grace God gave His Son. By Grace God hears my prayers and confession of Sin. By Grace, because of Christ, I am forgiven.
In God’s eyes my sins are unforgivable accept when He sees them through the cross of Christ and the debt paid, and forgiveness given.
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The Bible, the church, Christians; it all seems complicated: but the simple truth is that even the worst of sinners can be saved. For example, Saul of Tarsus. Saul pursued and tortured and killed Christians. He was violent and evil. How could...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
I had a hard time learning algebra. I could come to the right answer using simple math, skipping the formulas and even though I had the correct answer, I received a failing grade for not using the formulas. I could plainly see that 2+x=4 and...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
In the gospel of John we read; One of the twelve disciples, Thomas (nicknamed the Twin), was not with the others when Jesus came. They told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he replied, “I won’t believe it unless I see the...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Jesus was teaching his disciples about forgiveness of sins. He said: "Two men went to the Temple to pray. One was a Pharisee, and the other was a despised tax collector. The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed this prayer: 'I thank you, God,...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
How would you react if someone walked up to you and asked: “Are you a Christian?” In the Bible, in Romans, a letter that Paul wrote, He was one of the early church’s evangelists- He writes: For I am not ashamed of this Good News...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Death Rides the Pale Horse In Revelation 6:7-8 we read: And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see. And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed... [ ... ][ abbreviated | read original blog ]
The Black Horse of Blight. In Revelation 6:5-6 we read: And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand. And I heard a... [ ... ][ abbreviated | read original blog ]
The second rider of the apocalypse is on a red horse. In Revelation 6:3-4 we read: And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see. And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat... [ ... ][ abbreviated | read original blog ]