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April 2, 2022 8:00 pm
When a friend asked me to speak with teen girls at a workshop promoting purity, I declined. As a teenage runaway, I struggled and had decades of scars caused by my immorality. After getting married and losing our first child to a miscarriage, I thought God was punishing me for my past sins. When I finally surrendered my life to Christ at the age of thirty, I confessed my sins and repented . . . repeatedly. Still, guilt and shame consumed me. How could I share about God’s grace when I couldn’t even bring myself to fully receive the gift of His great love for me? Thankfully, over time, God has abolished the lies that chained me to who I was before I confessed my sins. By His grace, I’ve finally received the forgiveness God had been offering me all along.
God understands our laments over our afflictions and the consequences of our past sins. However, He empowers His people to overcome despair, turn from our sins, and arise with hope in His great “love,” “compassion,” and “faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:19–23). Scripture says that God Himself is our portion—our hope and salvation—and we can learn to trust His goodness (vv. 24–26).
Our compassionate Father helps us believe His promises. When we receive the fullness of His great love for us, we can spread the good news about His grace.
Today's encouragement from Our Daily Bread. My name is Jill Dixon today, I'm sharing a special part of my personal testimony and God's great love when a friend asked me to speak with teenage girls in the workshop promoting purity. I declined as a teenage runaway. I struggled and had decades of scars caused by my immorality. After getting married and losing our first child to a miscarriage. I thought God was punishing me for my past sins when I finally surrendered my life to Christ at the age of 30. I confessed my sins and repented repeatedly. Still guilt and shame consume me.
How can I share about God's grace when it couldn't even bring myself to fully receive the gift of his great love for me.
Thankfully, over time, God has abolished the Liza chain me to who I was before I confessed my sins by his grace I finally received the forgiveness God had been offering me all along that understands our lament over our afflictions and the consequences of our past sins. However, he empowers his people to overcome despair, turn from our sins and arise with hope in his great love, compassion and faithfulness. Scripture says that God himself is our portion of our hope and salvation and we can learn to trust his goodness are compassionate father helps us believe his promises. When we receive the fullness of his great love for us. We can spread the good news about his grace.
Today's Our Daily Bread devotional Scripture reading is from Lamentations chapter 3 verses 19 to 26. I remember my affliction and my wandering the bitterness in the gall. I well remember them in my soul is downcast within me. Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, the Lord is my portion. Therefore, I will wait for him. The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him to the one who seeks him.
It is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord. Let's pray, compassionate father, please help us place our hope in the surety of your great love for us and empower us to repent and receive the free gifts of your forgiveness and mercy so that we can spread the good news about your grace where ever you send us in Jesus name we pray.
Today's encouragement was provided by Our Daily Bread ministries