“But because of His great love for us,
God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ
even when we were dead in transgressions –
it is by grace you have been saved.”
– Ephesians 2:4-5 NIV
This is one of those verses I can remember being told over and over again growing up. None of us are worthy of what God gave us, but because He loves us so much, He saved us through the blood of His Son on the Cross.
I do not know about you, but that makes me feel pretty crappy to know I wait LOOONNNGGG lengths of time to forgive people.
I mean….I am just giving them time to think about what they have done! Or, they do not even know what they did, so since they cannot see what they have done, I cannot bring myself to forgive them yet.
BUT, God couldn’t stand to not forgive us. He sent His ONLY SON to die for our sins.
The Message bible says:
“Instead, immense in mercy and with an incredible love,
he embraced us. He took our sin-dead lives and made us alive
in Christ. He did all this on his own, with no help from us!
Then he picked us up and set us down in highest heaven
in company with Jesus, our Messiah.”
And, after the amazing gift God gave us for sending His Son to die on a cross so we could have our sins forgiven, He doesn’t stop there. He goes farther to take us from where we are and place us in “highest heaven” right alongside Jesus.
Who knew no sin.
He puts us in the same category as Jesus.
He calls us sons and daughters.
Have you ever been at a point in your life where you thought, “That’s it. I’ve messed it up bad this time. There’s no fixing this.”?
And, that is where God wants to meet us.
Our broken pieces were never meant to be left where they fell.
He wants to take us and our broken pieces. But, He doesn’t want to throw away those pieces. He wants to paint each piece into something beautiful and put them back together piece by piece until the puzzle it creates become a reflection of Him and His Kingdom.