My painful past has been God’s greatest tool to teach me how to give mercy and grace to others. My selfish choices took me to places I don’t like to remember; but the grace of God led me out of that darkness, and that’s something I never want to forget. Thus, when I begin to judge, belittle or return evil for evil—I’m grateful when God reminds me of His grace towards me. His mercy transforms my view of others. As a child of God, I had fallen into deep sin because I failed to develop a relationship with God which would have given me the deep fulfillment which I was seeking in sin. I placated my conscience with the cold religiosity of deeds and neglected to search for a heart-satisfying relationship with God. When sin finally broke me, I ran to God. He was the only One who was still seeking to love me in my filthy and disreputable state. I surrendered to His love. This was the beginning of life as I’d never known it! HIS LOVE has drawn me to the place where He is at the center of all of my desires. But, I remember the past–not for guilt sake–but, rather, so I can give grace.

Each valley of shame is marked by a mountain of God’s mercy. This prayer of King David is dear to my heart: “Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin! For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.” (Psalms 51:1-3) When we have experienced this amazing mercy of God, we see other sinners as what WE were before we were rescued by grace. The closer we are to God, the more we comprehend His compassion. God’s mercy and grace have written our love story so we can help others write theirs!

From the book, “Essential Faith” Volume 2 available on Amazon by clicking HERE .

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