Listen to this devotional:
Listen while you read: "Under His Wings"1 (Lyrics)
Some days, I feel so imperfect, inefficient, and inadequate that I question whether or not God will both accept and forgive me. I've made many mistakes throughout my life, and sometimes, I shudder when I think about the scrapes that I got into during my teenage and drunken years. How I managed to survive them is incredible to me. If it weren't for God's grace, I wouldn't be here now, writing a devotional, trying to connect with other folks who have gone through similar things.
When I start the day with a such a downer, at some point, God interrupts my self-pity and usually highlights a Bible verse which I can both ponder and rely upon. This morning was no different: God provided the verse and made me realize that His mercy and grace still abound. Here's the verse that I was given:
Acts 20:32 – Now I commit you to God and to the word of his grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified. (NIV)
It was just what I needed to read, embrace, and apply. God's grace is not just for forgiving me; it is meant to help me grow in faith, with hope, and always through His love. It's perfect for me today, so I hope that it will be very good for you, too.
Question: What do I need God to forgive me for today, and how can I grow in His grace?
Prayer: Lord God, You love us completely, and Your gracious heart beats throughout our lives. Thank You for Your mercy and grace, as well as Your patience and care. In Christ's name, we thankfully pray. Amen.