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“Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation” (2 Corinthians 5:18-19).

Are you able to see the reality of grace? All of these things are from God. It is the Lord who is doing this and not counting against us our iniquities. Yes, work as if it depended upon you, but never forget it is the Lord who has made possible our reconciliation with Him. He who knew no sin became our sin that we who cannot know perfection might become perfect through Him.

Lord, these things often confuse me, for I live in an age that is always bargaining and seeking an upper hand. With You, it is all or nothing and You offer this with Your own life. Lead me into heavenly thinking that I may see things through Your eyes. Guide me to know that in You alone is all hope, for only through You can anyone become what You have created them to be.

Lord Jesus, You have come into the world that we might have eternal life. But this is not a then and there proposition, but something that begins here and now. Lead me, O Lord, in the way of truth that I may be guided by Your example, goodness, and above all, Your grace. Through You Lord, there is nothing but hope and a future. Lead me into the future You have placed before me. Amen.