Friday, May 19, 2017
Key Bible Verse: Even if we feel guilty, God is greater than our feelings, and he knows everything. (1 John 3:20)
Dig Deeper: 1 John 3:18-24
Before Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden, the Bible says they lived life naked and unashamed. But the moment sin came on the scene, they were ashamed and did their best to hide from God.
Sometimes when our secret sin gets exposed and we can no longer hide it, then we go into hiding. As much as possible, we do our best to avoid the people who know. Shame becomes our constant companion who relentlessly whispers, You’re not worthy of forgiveness. You don’t deserve a second chance.
But here’s a surprising characteristic about grace— grace chases you. You can run away and hide, but grace is relentless. Grace will chase you down. That’s what’s happening to some of you right now, and you don’t even know it. With every word you read, grace is gaining ground.
As a pastor, I love witnessing the moment grace finally catches up to someone’s mess. The phrase I use to describe that moment is “beautiful collision.” Those two words don’t seem to go together. Collision brings to mind words like broken, busted, and wrecked—not typically words that fit with beautiful. But the Gospels are full of beautiful collisions. When a broken, busted, and wrecked life collides with Jesus, it’s a beautiful thing.
– Kyle Idleman in Grace Is Greater
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