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Grace Moments Devotions - July 15, 2018

  • 2018 Jul 15

Bad decisions. Good stories.
Linda Buxa

I was driving down the main street of my town when I saw the guy’s shirt: “Bad decisions make the best stories.”

I got all high-and-mighty because I was pretty sure his shirt was trying to make sin sound like good fun. Perhaps it was an out-of-hand spring break. Maybe teenage rebellion earned a visit from the police. Or a bachelor party in Vegas where things stayed there.

Then I realized the shirt was pretty accurate. My dumbest decisions do make the best stories—of God’s grace. So do yours, because you are “convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38,39).

King David knew. He slept with Uriah’s wife and then had Uriah killed in battle. God still called him a man after his own heart.
Abraham understood. Twice he tried to pass his wife off as his sister so he wouldn’t be killed and have Sarah taken into a harem. God made him the father of many nations as he had promised.

Peter denied that he even knew Jesus, yet Jesus gave him the high privilege of feeding his lambs.

How about you? Jesus’ sacrifice brought you back into a relationship with the Father. His love washes away your dumb decisions. His mercy takes away your shame. Thanks to Jesus, nothing—not even your bad decisions—can separate you from his love.

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