Good news! God’s grace is greater than our sin!

Oh the incredible mercy of God! Hosea tells the story, in an acted out parable, of Israel’s flagrant spiritual “adultery” and God’s promised judgment. But it also tells the wonderful story of God’s forgiveness, restoration, and acceptance! It is a story that should give every backslider – every unfaithful Christian – hope!
To God’s people, Israel, who in their rebellion had committed the most disgusting and ungrateful acts of spiritual “adultery,” and should have expected judgment and complete rejection, God spoke through His prophet and said…
“I will betroth you to Me forever! I will betroth you in righteousness and justice – in love and compassion! I will betroth you to Me in faithfulness, and you will acknowledge the Lord! … I will show My love to the one I call ‘Not my loved one.’ I will say to those called ‘Not My people’, ‘You are My people’; and they will say, ‘You are My God!” (Hosea 2:19, 23 NIV)
I don’t know how far you may have wandered away from God. I don’t know what sins you may have committed. But I do know this: I know that the Bible says, “Where sin increased, grace increased all the more!” (Romans 5:20 NIV) And the words of a wonderful old gospel song come to mind…
1. Marvelous grace of our loving Lord,
Grace that exceeds our sin and our guilt!
Yonder on Calvary’s mount outpoured,
There where the blood of the Lamb was spilled.
Grace, grace, God’s grace,
Grace that will pardon and cleanse within;
Grace, grace, God’s grace,
Grace that is greater than all our sin!
2. Sin and despair, like the sea waves cold,
Threaten the soul with infinite loss;
Grace that is greater, yes, grace untold,
Points to the refuge, the mighty cross.
3. Dark is the stain that we cannot hide;
What can we do to wash it away?
Look! There is flowing a crimson tide,
Brighter than snow you may be today.
4. Marvelous, infinite, matchless grace,
Freely bestowed on all who believe!
You that are longing to see His face,
Will you this moment His grace receive?
–Julia H. Johnston

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