While We Were Yet Sinners!

The caption in the meme below describes in a nutshell what Jesus sacrificed for us on the cross. Romans 5:8 reminds us that, “God demonstrated His [endless] love for us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

Imagine for a moment; what if God did to us what we do to Him on a daily basis? I can assure you that it wouldn’t be pleasant. I believe this was one of the reasons Peter penned these words in I Peter 3:9, “Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing [humility, forgiveness and grace]. That is what God has called you to do, and he will grant you His blessing.”

I don’t know about you, but for me personally, learning to extend grace toward others and forgive unconditionally has been one of the most important lessons for me to consistently embrace.

I will submit to you that God is still teaching me this lesson. I often fall short in my relationships and responsibilities with my family or co-workers. However, the Spirit of conviction quickly comes in and reminds me to humbly ask for their forgiveness.

Likewise I must be forgiving to my wife, children and fellow staff when they fail. In the role of a leader I have endured some very difficult experiences that could have led to holding a grudge or developing a root of bitterness. These truths of showing humility and extending forgiveness and grace to others and not harboring a root of bitterness have preserved and protected me.

So for me, the choice is transparently clear, and extremely serious. I am determined not to fall short of extending the same grace God shows me to others and as for you reading this message today; I invite you to never forget that Christ forgave you far beyond what you deserve, and He also forgive others in the same way.








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#4GIVEN ministries is a devotional blog written to empower, encourage, and equip believers and unbelievers. We sincerely hope and pray that every reader and fellow blogger walks always with inspiration in their hearts and a fire in their belly after they read one of our inspiring devotionals. The mission is to make Christ known and to remind believers and unbelievers they are never too far gone for God to heal, deliver, and set free!
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