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One of my friend’s childhood home resided over the bar owned by her parents. She called herself a “rimmer” because she grew up on the “toilet rim of life.” She called me a “lifer” because I had spent my life growing up in the church.
As our friendship grew, she confided something she had never shared with anyone. Some people in the church would never forgive her if they knew. Some wouldn’t want them walking in their doors. But because of God’s grace and mercy I knew God forgave her, I knew her heart, and I know God’s heart. God is a forgiving God.
Think what you would term an unforgivable sin.
Thankfully, God’s grace isn’t limited by our earthly thinking. Only God is a righteous judge. God forgives us, and we can trust Him to do what is right when we forgive others.
It’s far too easy to point fingers at someone else’s sins. We are too quick to throw stones at sins we don’t think we commit. It’s easy to quote, 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 that the sexually immoral, idolaters, adulterers, male prostitutes, homosexual offenders, thieves, the greedy, the drunkards, slanderers, and swindlers won’t inherit the kingdom of God. But, what wonderful hope and encouragement are found in the next verse. Paul listed their previous sins and then says, that is what some of you were. But now they were washed, were sanctified, and justified in Jesus Christ.
Perhaps your sins don’t seem “that” major, or categorized as one of “those sins.” Remember, only one sin—one lie, one tiny “white” lie, one small theft, one note of gossip, one lingering unwholesome look at another, one moment of pride, one unkind word, one wicked thought or action, one sinful thought—only one sin will keep you from standing in front of a Holy God.
Not one of us is perfect. Not one of us is without sin. God doesn’t grade on the curve. Without grace I would be toast — burnt toast. For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).
Thankfully, God loved the world enough to send His Son so that anyone who believes in Him will have eternal life. God didn’t send His Son to condemn the world but to save the world. Regardless of the sin, Jesus holds out nail-scarred hands of redemption, grace, and mercy.
We were once broken, once lost, once sinners, now forgiven and made whole. Regardless of what we were, Christ offers forgiveness, freedom, renewal, restoration, and life eternal. Grace. God’s Grace. Amazing Grace.
Heavenly Father, thank You for Your grace! Thank You Jesus, for washing us clean from what we once were, to be what we are in You — forgiven, restored, and free!
~ 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, John 3:16-17
From Living Joyfully Free Devotional by Lisa Buffaloe