But the lovingkindness of the Lord
is from everlasting to everlasting
on those who fear Him,
And His righteousness to children’s children,
¹Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, ²through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God.
³And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; ⁴and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; ⁵and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
⁶For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.
⁷For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. ⁸But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
⁹Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.
In God’s mercy we find hope.
The superintendent of a big city mission needed funds to provide a Christmas breakfast for some poor boys in the neighborhood.
He approached a prominent businessman, noted for his charity and interest in such matters. “Will you help me provide breakfast for fifty deserving boys?” asked the superintendent.
“Certainly not,” came the swift reply.
“Why not?” inquired the superintendent.
“Because I’m not interested in deserving boys,” replied the businessman.
As the disappointed superintendent turned away, the businessman said to him: “If you find fifty undeserving boys, I shall be delighted to give them breakfast.”
The businessman revealed a deep understanding of the Christian gospel.
What is offered to us in Jesus Christ is the free grace of God for undeserving sinners.
The mercy of God makes possible our salvation.
Because of His mercy, He gives heed to us.
With joy we can with confidence proclaim Christ to others who need to believe in God’s mercy and so find new hope in God.
▪︎ Ask God to use you to point out to others the path of Christlike living, and the fellowship with the Christ our Lord.
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