April 2 Devotional

There are times in each of our lives that we like to judge other people as we see them doing things wrong, or failing the Lord.  I can tell you that every time we revel in another person’s failure, we are giving in to our own sin nature, and we are guilty too.  I am so thankful that none of us are the ultimate Judge.  I am thankful that the God Who invented mercy and grace has judged my sin on the cross of Calvary.  I am taken with the idea that all my sin … ALL my sin was placed on Jesus Christ, and has been forgiven!  We, who are saved, can rejoice over that for all eternity!

 

When Nehemiah and those helping him finished the building of the wall, they confessed sin, repented and got back on their feet again to serve God.  Nehemiah made this statement about God: “Nevertheless for Thy great mercies’ sake Thou didst not utterly consume them, nor forsake them; for Thou art a gracious and merciful God” (Nehemiah 9:31).  Our forgiveness for sin is totally the responsibility of God … we cannot forgive our own sins.  The grace and mercy we desire so much comes directly from God … we do not deserve either grace or mercy.  All the good things we enjoy as Christians are gifts from our Heavenly Father.  You and I ought to stop right here and thank God for that grace.  God giving us a blessing what we do not deserve.  We ought to stop and thank God for His mercy.  God withholding the justice and condemnation we do deserve.

 

The thought I would like to challenge you with today, is how much grace and mercy have you shown others?  After all, we have been shown unlimited grace and mercy for what we deserved, from the One Who had the right to bring justice and condemnation.  If He has offered us grace and mercy, don’t you think we ought to do the same to those around us today?  We are on this earth today to represent our God the best we can.  We were created in His image, and we ought to attempt to live in a way that will reflect His glory on a regular basis.  Today, just as God offered you His grace and mercy, offer someone who has wronged you that same grace and mercy.  God has been faithful to you; you ought to be faithful to Him.

 

Praise God that Jesus death, burial and resurrection have opened the door wide for God’s grace and mercy to be poured on us!  We, who were without hope, have eternal hope and life because of the grace and mercy of God!  Much has been given … much is required.  Thank God for grace and mercy!  Without it, we all would be in trouble.  Give it away today!

 

Don’t let success go to your heart or success to your head.” – Unknown