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Archive for July, 2012

Rich Forgiveness

My pastor recently told us an incredible story about a gift certificate he bought. To show his appreciation to a couple in his small group, he purchased a ten dollar ice cream coupon for them. When the couple went to redeem the coupon, the cashier was extremely grateful they had come, because there had been a miscalculation.

Instead of being a gift certificate for ten dollars, it had been rung up for seven million dollars! That would have bought quite a few sundaes.

God’s gift certificate of forgiveness is a staggering amount, just like the certificate. According to Psalm 145, “The LORD is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love” (v. 8) NIV.  He is rich in his mercy to give His children another chance. His coupon of forgiveness will never expire or be depleted.

God will always extend grace, however, we should never use it as an excuse to sin. In fact, this incredible mercy should motivate us to sin less and aim to be sinless. We should try to please Him, and take courage knowing He’s a God of second chances.

He never runs out of love.

Copyright 2012 by Molly Anderson. Use by permission only.

Troubled Heart

One semester in college, I literally worried myself sick. I took a few classes at the community school at age sixteen; it was my first college experience. I had been homeschooled throughout junior high and high school. So going to class was new and a little scary.

I took an honors English class with a great teacher. However, every assignment had me on edge. The atmosphere was daunting and it was harder than I expected. Even out of class, I was always reminded of some assignment or paper. It was as if I saw life through a shroud of worry.

I knew the anxiety was causing problems. I became physically sick. But I didn’t know how not to worry. However, God got hold of me and showed me a passage in John. The phrase “Don’t let your hearts be troubled” jumped out to me (14:1 NIV). I thought, Wait, you can let your heart be troubled? I never thought of it like that. Instead of worrying and fretting about my problems, God encouraged me to give Him my fears and trust Him.

I did. God was with me as I finished the semester and got an A+ in the class. I learned I never need to worry.

Copyright 2012 by Molly Anderson. Use by permission only.

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