Tuesday, April 29, 2008


Over the last couple of days, I have been seized by thoughts of God's grace and mercy. How He forgives me when I blow it. How He loves me despite my failures. How He continues to bring about His plan in my life even though I choose the wrong way quite often.

Today I read about this..."Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance, because a death has occurred that redeems them from the transgressions under the first covenant." (Hebrews 9:15 NRSV)

Those words move me..."a death has occurred that redeems them". Jesus willingly offered himself as a sacrifice to redeem me--in spite of my failures. Jesus did this even while I was still a sinner (Romans 5:8). It's hard for me to comprehend why He would do this--I know it's all about grace and mercy.

I've defined these terms before. Not getting what you deserve is mercy. Getting what you don't deserve is grace. I don't know where I'd be without God's grace and mercy.

Today is one of those days when I am overwhelmed by His love.