“Even so then, at this present time there is a remnant according to the election of grace. And is by grace, then it is no longer of works; otherwise grace is no longer grace. But if it is of works, it is no longer grace; otherwise work is no longer work.” Romans 11:5&6 NIV
After reading Romans 11, this question from a devotional comes to mind …“Do I scoop out grace with a shovel or a spoon?” If I am honest, it’s a spoon more often than not. But when I look into my own heart, I know how ugly it can be.
I’ve learned that forgiveness takes trust…
Trust that He has a plan greater than my hurt.
Trust that He will never fail of abandon me.
Trust that He loves me and has my best interest in mind.
Trust that He will bring justice.
I like how Lysa TerKeurst describes forgiveness. “A complicated grace that uncomplicates my anger and helps me see beautiful again.”
Father, thank you for your forgiveness. Help me to freely give it to others. So that my heart does not become hardened and bitter. To You be the glory. Amen.
“Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out! “For who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has become His counselor? “Or who has first given to Him And it shall be repaid to him?” For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen.” Romans 11:33-36 NIV
From the archives. Originally published June 5, 2018.