DEVOTION ... STRUGGLES ... AND FAILURES
"WHAT GOD DOES WHEN YOU DO NOT DESERVE IT!"
2 Samuel 9:1-13
July 18, 1993
One of the most remarkable testimonies I have ever heard
was given in our church last fall by Carol Everett. Carol
was an abortionist, doing all she could to use that industry
as a way to make her a wealthy woman. After assisting
with killing thousands of unborn babies, Carol was led to
Jesus Christ. Carol has now experienced the power of 2
Corinthians 5:17. She has been changed by God and now
wins countless numbers to J-esus through sharing her story
of the grace of God covering her sin and providing forgiveness
of sin for her life.
It is remarkable, isn't it? Just think ... a lady who assisted
in thousands of deaths . . . all of a sudden forgiven. That
is a picture of grace.
Just recently while driving through a m-ajor downtown
city, I observed many people who were homeless. Their
lives were filled with despair and hopelessness. Just
think what would happen one day if a very wealthy man
took one of those homeless persons to his home with
him to live forever. I am sure the homeless individual
would have to ask, "What did I do to deserve this?"
This illustrates the same thing Jesus has done for us
when He takes us into His family. We are filled with
hopelessness and despair and all of a sudden we are a
member of God's family. This is a picture of grace.
The Hebrew word for "grace" means, "to bend or to
amoop" ft presents am- idea of condescending favor, I
love what the late Donald Barnhouse said, "Love that
goes upward is worship; love that goes outward is
affection; love that stoops is grace." To show grace
is to extend favor or kindness to one who does not deserve
it and cannot earn it.
There are two aspects of grace to always remember:
1. Grace is undeserved.
2. Grace is absolutely and totally free.
The story in 2 Samuel 9 is about Jonathan's son
Mephibosheth. It ...
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