“I am writing to you who are God’s children because your sins have been forgiven through Jesus.”          1 John 2:12 NLT


God wants us to be encouraged by His grace so that we will be motivated to grow. Often it is more difficult for those of us from Christian homes to appreciate God’s grace as the motivator to grow. Those who have been saved from a difficult past know where they would be if God had not intervened in their lives. They are more likely to see that they have been forgiven much and therefore love Christ much (Luke 7:36-50). Those of us who have grown up in the church are prone to think pharisaically that we don’t need as much forgiveness as the person with a sordid past. We need to see how wretchedly sinful our hearts really are. If God had let us go, we’d be enslaved to a multitude of terrible sins. With the hymn writer, we need to sing, “O to grace, how great a debtor, daily I’m constrained to be; let Thy goodness, like a fetter, bind my wandering heart to Thee” (Robert Robinson, “Come Thou Fount”). God’s grace encourages us to grow in our walk with Him. John presents three stages of growth. The foundation of the Christian life is to know that your sins are forgiven and to know the Father. Let us never allow ourselves to read a verse like that and think, “Ho hum!” The forgiveness of all of our sins for His Name’s sake is the greatest blessing! May we never get over the amazing truth that although we were rebels who deserved God’s wrath, He graciously sent His Son to bear the penalty in our place!



Lord, the forgiveness of our sin is the greatest blessing we have.



Lord, may we never get over the amazing truth that although we were rebels who deserved Your wrath, You graciously sent Your Son to bear the penalty of our sin. AMEN


I.B.R.A. Readings

2 Timothy 1:15 – 2:13



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