Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 09/26/10

This week’s scripture is from Ephesians:

“…to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace which He lavished on us.”       (Ephesians 1:6-8)

Who of us is beyond failure, or at least at times feels like a failure? The Lord says to be perfect as our Heavenly Father is perfect, to be holy as He is holy, yet we are not perfect and unrighteousness still plagues us. We pray that the Lord strengthen us and lead us into righteousness, yet sin crouches around us waiting for an opportune moment, a slip of the tongue or an action done not with God’s love. How unworthy we are to carry His name; yet because of His Son, Jesus Christ, we can know His forgiveness and His grace. We can, imperfect as we are, tell others of His unmatchable love and mercy, and share the good news: He came not to condemn, but that we might be saved. Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Thank you, Lord.

May the Lord bless you with his forgiveness, mercy, and grace in Jesus Christ this day and each day.

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