Shocking Grace

Posted: Jan 21 2013

"And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work." -2 Corinthians 9:8

The story is told by historian Clarence McCartney of a Baptist pastor who had a terrible problem with a difficult member of his congregation during the time of the American Revolution. One day that difficult young man joined the army of General George Washington. He betrayed the army and was sentenced to be executed. The Baptist pastor walked seventy miles, hoping to pray with the young many before his execution. 

When the pastor finally arrived at the army camp, he spoke to General Washington and appealed for forgiveness and pardon. General Washington heard him out, but said, "I'm very sorry, but I can do nothing for your friend." 

"My friend? My friend? He's not my friend!" the pastor responded, "He's my enemy." 

When General Washington heard that, he said, "If you would walk that far through the ice and snow to save an enemy, then I will pardon him." 

This gift called pardon, forgiveness, grace, is shocking! Incredible! You will not find such grace of human spirit portrayed anywhere as vividly as in the history of Christianity. 

Before dismissing Jesus Christ and the claims of Christianity, take a second look at those whose lives He's changed. After all, no other religion, more than Christianity, spends billions of dollars trying to talk Gentiles, sinners and bad people alike into joining its ranks. 

Grace received is a gift best shared with others who don't deserve it.

Father God, You demonstrated grace to me in the greatest way possible when You sent Your only Son, Jesus, to pay for my sins with His life. What incredible grace! Help me to do the same, even in some small way, if given the opportunity today. 


 

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