Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Graceful Forgiving Lives

When we experience grace first hand we experience forgiveness.

The two just go together.

When we realize all that grace means in our lives we may be overcome and overwhelmed by forgiveness.

God's grace is generous.

God's forgiveness is divine.

When we realize just how precious His grace is we come face to face with our own humility and we are humbled.

How can He be so generous and wipe my sins away so that I have a clean slate?

How can God choose to forgive me, despite what I have said or done?

Why? Why would God offer both grace and forgiveness to me?

Or why would God offer grace and forgiveness to anyone?

In John 3:16 we are told:
"For God so loved the world that He sent his one and only son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life."

Why? God loves us and wants us to choose Jesus and life and forgiveness.

In John 3: 17 we are reminded:
"For God didn't send His Son into the world to condemn the world but to save the world through him."

God's offer of grace, which is the gift of forgiving our sins by having Jesus die on the cross and raise to life on the third day; is offered to everyone.

My prayer for us is this. I pray that we can forgive others the wrongs that they may have done to us. Just as Joseph forgave his brothers. Just as God has forgiven us. By forgiving others and our enemies, we are obeying God. I ask that our gracious Heavenly Father show us how to live graceful forgiving lives. The need to forgive ourselves is just as important as forgiving others. I pray that our Heavenly Father also helps us to learn to forgive ourselves.

In Jesus' name,
Amen