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“But because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved” Ephesians 2:4-5 ESV

Reflect

We are human. We aren’t perfect, and the mistakes we make are far too numerous to count. Like sheep who have gone astray, we wander away from the loving arms of a compassionate Shepherd time and time again. I know how easy it is to struggle with habitual sin. It nags and nags and nags some more until you finally cave. The instant gratification is short lived and the effects of guilt and shame start to trickle in. Maybe you don’t even feel guilty anymore due to the hardening of your heart towards a particular sin, or maybe you feel like God could never love you after what you’ve done. The lies that sin entraps us with are false despite the counterfeit truths they seem to convey to our hurting spirits.

It is pretty easy to get caught up in the shame, guilt, and pain of our short comings. When we focus too much on our sinfulness, we foolishly neglect the finished work of Jesus Christ who has already made us righteousness before a just God. Instead of wallowing in self-pity, sisters, confess your sins to God and trust in His forgiveness. His blood has washed away our sins, and it is no more. The love of the Father is greater than the sin in the world, and because of His great love, we are given life. We fall, we break, but we are never broken beyond repair. The love of God heals us, it sustains us, and it creates in us a desire to hate our sin…treasuring Christ above all. When we dispose of our wicked pride and rest in the permeating love of the Father, there is freedom beyond mere human comprehension. God’s love is indescribable; His grace is unfathomable. Position yourself underneath the waterfall of His grace as you thank Him for His everlasting love and forgiveness. There is no sin that surpasses His ability to redeem.  

Pray

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for Your goodness, grace, and mercy. Forgive me of my sin as I repent and turn to You. I believe that Your steadfast love and unending grace are greater than my transgressions. Sanctify me. In Your name, Amen.  

Your Turn

Do you believe God is good and you are not? Mediate on Ephesians 2:4-5, and thank God for the saving faith He grants us. Thank Him for His everlasting love, which provided us freedom through Christ.