Embracing God’s Grace
Read: ROMANS 7:14-25a
During my early years of ministry, my prayer life was taking off and my love for the Lord was growing. I was also becoming more and more aware of my sinful nature. It began to trouble me to such an extent that I thought I should stop my internship at church and work on getting myself into a better spiritual condition. I believed that I could not do anything to becoming holy or pure. I finally decided to speak to my supervising pastor. He explained that as I grew closer in my walk with God, the searchlight of God was shining into my life. In the light of God’s holiness, my sinful nature was coming into clearer focus.
I was relieved to hear his explanation and continue my internship. It was wonderful to learn about the depth of God’s forgiveness and his full acceptance of me just as I was. I could not become pure or holy in my own strength. Like Paul, I learned that only Christ could deliver me and present me righteous before a great and glorious God.
Father God, thank you for your forgiveness. Help me to see people through your eyes of compassion and to extend forgiveness and grace. AMEN.