But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me has not been in vain. (1 Corinthians 15:10 NRSV)

To encourage the Ephesians Paul wrote, "For by the sacrificial death of Christ we are set free, that is, our sins are forgiven." There are no deadlier bones to hold on to than the bones of guilt. The wrongs we have done often are a primary source of our feelings of unworthiness. In Christ, however, we are forgiven and given another chance.

The Apostle Paul serves as a powerful example. Paul wrote, "For I am the least of the apostles, unfit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am." (I Cor. 15:9-10) Even though Paul once persecuted the church, through the grace of God he was forgiven and given another chance. With his new life, Paul set forth proclaiming the message of salvation to Jews and Gentiles alike!

Lord Jesus, may I truly feel forgiven today. Thank you. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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