Written by: Alicia Hostetler of Covered By Mercy
Yesterday God and I were having a conversation, and I was pretty distraught. I was feeling guilty about saying something that was rude, and I was really kicking myself.
I ended up crying, and through the tears I heard God say, “I want to forgive you, Alicia.” That put it all in perspective for me. Immediately the Holy Spirit gave me the “ah-ha!” moment that I’ve needed. I thought that since God helped me realize His truth, that today I would share it with all of you. After all, I received a free gift. Why not multiply God’s glory by telling others who may need to hear that same message?
Here’s how the Holy Spirit put it: think of the verse John 3:16.
““For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. (ESV)“
He told me to think of it this way: for God wanted to forgive mankind so much, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.
Receiving that new perspective on a verse that I’ve known and have had memorized for so many years was a breath of fresh air into my faith. It doesn’t change the meaning of the original verse. God loves us, and He does want to forgive us. Otherwise He wouldn’t have sent Jesus. Right?
Of course, that isn’t an excuse to live in sin and abuse God’s grace and mercy. I believe that God showed this to me because He knows that I am earnestly seeking Him, and He didn’t want me to beat myself up over sinning. I truly hate sin. Glory to God for that.
I’m sure that someone out there is in need of this same message that I received. God is just, sovereign, and all powerful. He is also loving, kind, and forgiving. That is the truth.
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Thank you for reading this today! I pray that The Lord will be magnified in glory through this post. God bless you all! <3