“Forgiveness now becomes part of my identity. This is strength, not weakness! I can boldly declare to a world that there is a God who forgives sinners like me. My life and actions now become the message of forgiveness and redemption.”
13 years ago my niece attempted to swallow a peppermint and it got stuck in her throat and she stopped breathing. I was outside and I heard my sister-in-law scream. I ran inside to see my sister-in-law on the phone with 911 and my niece on the floor gasping for air. Tears in her eyes as she reached for air as if it were tangible. My heart and thoughts went everywhere. I went to the floor with her and I tried my best to push her stomach and the top of her abdomen to get the candy to come...
So that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Being in Christ changes everything. It changes who we worship and it changes who we are. God's grace is not merely a get out of jail free card; His grace reigns. God's grace conquers souls who are, or who were, under the reigning power of sin. When grace captures a person it sets them on a forever path...
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