From: Philip Sorensen
John Newton penned the words, “Amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me.” John had been a slave ship captain of whose depravity seemed to know no bounds. However in a storm at sea, he was swept overboard while in a drunken stupor. Another wave picked him up and landed him back on board the ship. This experience apparently led him to repent and turn to God in answer to the prayers of a Godly mother. John went on to become a minister of the gospel and an opponent of the slave trade.
In the parables of Jesus He told of the shepherd who left his 99 sheep to look for one lamb that was lost. He also told of a prodigal son who “blew” his inheritance on wide parties and prostitutes. Later destitute he found himself feeding pigs and hungry enough to eat what they ate. Finally he came to himself, decided to return home and beg his father to let him be a servant. His father saw him coming and ran to meet him with open arms welcoming him as a son and celebrating his return. Jesus reminds us that Heaven rejoices over every sinner who repents.
Recently we’ve learned of a pastor that fell into sin and a Texas police officer who was convicted of murdering a man that she had thought had broken into her apartment.
It’s easy for us to rush to judgment and feel a spirit of condemnation. But God’s unfailing love and forgiveness is available for them and for all of us. He says to us in Isaiah 55:6-7 “Seek the Lord while he may be found, call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, for he will have mercy on him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.”
No matter who we are or what we’ve done God’s amazing grace can change your life and free you from guilt and fear. Believe His word and trust His grace. He’s reaching out to you.