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.
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