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God’s Forgiving Grace
In the Word
And he [Adam] said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself” (Genesis 3:10).
Of the Word
“Wait ‘til your father gets home!” When a child hears that, fearful clock-watching often begins. When dad’s footsteps are heard, the child, anticipating the wrath to come, may hide from the father. Ever since Adam tried to hide from God in the Garden of Eden, it has been our nature to hide from Him when we sin.
People will often try to stay far from their Lord, thinking that He only draws near to lay them bare in their guilt and punish them for their sins. Yet, in love, Jesus came into this world and allowed Himself to be laid bare on the cross and die for us all.
Because of Christ’s sacrifice there is no more wrath for those who trust in Him. Instead, the Lord draws near to us to grant us forgiving grace in the waters of Holy Baptism and in the body and blood of Holy Communion. These gifts are given in the Father’s house.
Walking with my Lord
Father, always remind me that in Your house, there is forgiving grace because of Jesus. In His name I pray. Amen.
Mustard Seed: In Times of Need. Authors: Rev. Larry Krueger, Rev. Mike Mattil, & Rev. Kris Whitby. 22/30 ©2015 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 801 Seminary Place Ste. L010, St. Louis, MO 63105. Code: #40197
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