* Embrace forgiveness. Realize that God deems you worthy of forgiveness – even if you feel like you don’t deserve it. Don’t waste time or energy trying to earn forgiveness, because it’s already available to you at any time, completely for free. Take heart that you can relax in God’s presence because He loves you unconditionally. Understand that He knows everything about you, but nothing can make Him love you any less than He already does. Know that God’s forgiveness isn’t conditional. Simply decide to accept His gift of forgiveness.


* Embrace repentance. Decide to thank God for His love for you by changing direction when you’ve been headed away from God. Turn around and walk back toward God by stopping the sins you’ve confessed and trusting God to help you obey in the future. Rest assured that when you humbly turn away from sin, you’ll experience peace. Ask God to use your repentance to transform you more into the person He wants you to become. Let go of attempts to control your life and be willing to be changed.


* Embrace opportunities to share God’s grace with others. Celebrate the grace God has given you by serving other people who need to discover His grace for themselves. Ask God to use your experiences to help you reach out to others. Keep in mind that your personal weaknesses are often your strongest areas of ministry. Trust that God will not waste any of your pain, but will use it to accomplish good purposes. Have confidence that God has chosen you to follow where He calls, and that He will bless your efforts to bring hope to others. Rely on God’s strength rather than your own, and go about sharing the gift of grace with other people. Forgive others, serve them, refrain from judging them, and view them as God sees them – as people who need His love and truth.

Adapted from Embrace Grace: Welcome to the Forgiven Life, copyright 2006 by Liz Curtis Higgs.  Published by WaterBrook Press, a division of Random House, Inc., Colorado Springs, Co.,www.waterbrookpress.com.
Liz Curtis Higgs is the author of 24 books, with three million copies in print, including her nonfiction bestseller,
Bad Girls of the Bible, and her fiction bestseller, Thorn in My Heart. An award-winning speaker, Liz has addressed 1,500 audiences in all 50 states and eight foreign countries. She is a columnist for Today’s Christian Woman with her popular feature, “Women in the Word,” and more than 3,500 churches nationwide are using her video Bible study series, Loved by God. Higgs makes her home in Louisville, Ken., with her husband, two teenagers, and too many cats. Her informative Web site can be accessed at