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 “Then will I teach transgressors thy ways…”Psalm 51:13

I was once a transgressor. Yes, I was that person you saw with her hands raised one week and then slowly fade into a distant memory. I was that girl who was lost, then saved, then lost again. What I needed, and what every transgressor needs, is love. Love that surpasses judgment. Love that overwhelms disappointment. And, love that abounds.

The Bible clearly states that all have sinned and have come short of the glory of God. If you have been in the place of a transgressor, then you know that people deal with bitterness, condemnation, and the fear of judgement.

We need to revisit God’s mercies often. 

After God reignites the joy of His salvation in our lives then He can use us to reconnect with those who have lost their fervency for the things of God. Call someone today and ask them out for coffee or dinner. If you see them in the mall, express to them how much you miss seeing them at church.

When we reconnect with someone who has fallen away from God, it opens a door of opportunity to witness and to reacquaint him or her with the happiness they once had. They will leave you thinking to themselves, “Wow! I wish I had that kind of joy in my life again.”

Prayer: Lord, I pray that you would divinely order my steps today so I can reconnect with someone who has lost connection with you. Give me Your eyes so I can see people like you do and help me to love as You love. I desire to be compassionate and long-suffering like You are.

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:  Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9

I was reading this second chapter of Ephesians in my devotionals this morning and it spoke to my heart in a new way.  The New Living Translation reads:

“God saved you by his grace when you believed.  And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God.  Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.”

I am so thankful that the Lord saved me when I was just a child.  Even though I was not involved in a lot of sinful things, I was still a sinner in need of salvation.  There was nothing good in me, it was only the grace of God that brought salvation to our family.  In love and mercy, He reached down to my father, delivered him from sin, and made a way that we could learn of His great love.  None of us can take any credit for this great gift that the Lord has bestowed upon us.  We have nothing to boast about.  All that we are, all that we will ever be, is only by the grace of God.  He gets all the credit.

Prayer: Thank you Lord for your mercy and your grace, that brought salvation to our house.  You are worthy all the praise and glory and we give you thanks today for your great gift.

Devotion by Anne Johnston

And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me”

2 Corinthians 12:9

Have you ever read a scripture and tried to view it through someone else’s eyes? That’s what happened this week when I read this verse.

I imagined a lonely woman, struggling with rejection and a lifetime of poor decisions.

I seen a woman, wrestling with an addiction that has been kept quiet for years because shame has her cornered and she feels there is no way out.

I seen a young girl who is battling between right and wrong. So passionate about the kingdom of God, but attracted to the things of this world.

The storyline could be anything.. but one thing remains the same – His grace is enough. No matter the situation, His grace will always be enough. His blood still works, and has the power and ability to wash your slate clean.

Jesus, I’m so thankful for your blood today that still flows and washes me clean. I’m thankful for grace that is always extended to me, even though I am undeserving. Help me to live a life that understands grace.