Grace and Mercy
Submitted by Pastor Roy Miles, Staples Assembly Of God
Author Unknown (God’s Word For Today)
After a stint in prison and a month in rehab, Ted was trying to rebuild his life. In his support group, a guy named Jeff kept inviting him to go to church. Week after week, Ted made excuses not to go. Finally, Jeff asked him why. Ted broke down. Between sobs he explained that he did not feel like he deserved it. He didn’t think God could forgive him for all the bad things he had done.
“So the Lord must wait for you to come to Him so He can show you His love and compassion. For the Lord is a faithful God. Blessed are those who wait for His help.” (Isaiah 30:18, NLT)
Ted didn’t understand that God’s compassion knows no limits. There‘s no sin so great that it’s beyond His forgiveness. Yes, God is the God of justice, doling out judgment to those who do wrong, but He is also the God of mercy and grace to those who ask for it. When we repent of sin, God has promised to forgive us of everything we have done. He actually “longs to be gracious” to us.
Challenge: Go to God with your worst mistakes, your deepest fears, and your biggest problems.