I have a little daily calendar that displays a passage from the Message. (Have I told you that I am completely addicted to the Message? I’m even using it this year for my “read through the Bible in a year” readings.) Almost without fail, this little calendar, that I seriously got at a yard sale for $.25, is like a cup of cold water to me. Today’s verse:
“Sin didn’t, and doesn’t, have a chance in competition with the aggressive forgiveness we call grace. When it’s sin versus grace, grace wins hands down. All sin can do is threaten us with death, and that’s the end of it. Grace, because God is putting everything together again through the Messiah, invites us into life – a life that goes on and on and on, world without end” Romans 5: 20-21
Stunning isn’t it?
Reminds me of a song written by a crazy Brit we recently had at our church, Godfrey Birtill:
Verse 1 There’s a lot of pain but a lot more healing There’s a lot of trouble but a lot more peace There’s a lot of hate but a lot more loving There’s a lot of sin but a lot more grace
Chorus Oh outrageous grace oh outrageous grace Love unfurled by heaven’s hand Oh outrageous grace oh outrageous grace Through my Jesus I can stand
Verse 2 There’s a lot of fear but a lot more freedom There’s a lot of darkness but a lot more light There’s a lot of cloud but a lot more vision There’s a lot of perishing but a lot more life
Bridge There’s an enemy That seeks to kill what it can’t control It twists and turns Making mountains out of molehills But I will call on my Lord Who is worthy of praise I run to Him and I am saved
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Anyone in need of some grace today? -WG