Ever Increasing Grace

". . . where sin increased, grace increased all the more . . . " Romans 5:20 - NIV.

     This past week ends with 2 days of 2010 in which we can look back over the path we have traveled the past year. Two great mountain peaks, as it were, looms up before us. First, the mountain of our sin and second, the mountain of God's grace.

     The past year, we must confess, has been a year of grievous sins on the part of us all. But, thank God, it has been a year where God's "grace increased all the more,". Let Us thank God that towering high above the mountain of our sin is the incomparably higher mountain of His mercy and grace.

     We can take comfort with the unshakable assurance that in Christ the handwriting of the old year, which stood against us, has been blotted out, knowing that in Christ all the follies and failures of the New Year will also find their pardon and forgiveness. No matter how far we wander, His grace will follow and enfold us. These are the Christian's assurance for the New Year -- absolute and unwavering confidence in the Savior whose record of accomplishment has been written to our credit. He will be our Savior in this New Year even as He has been in the old.

     Our sins, in deed, are great! His love and grace is even greater! It is this love that has carried us from the old year and will carry us on through the new. How assuring to know that the New Year lying ahead will be another year of ever increasing grace.

     As we look back upon the long road lying behind us, with all its twists and turns, let us look ever forward toward the unknown and untraveled road that lies before us, knowing we have every reason to stop and ponder -- and then pray:

     "Through many dangers, toils and snares I have already come;
'Tis grace has brought me safe thus far, and grace will lead me home."  Amen


    Just a thought by Parson Don across the Garden Gate.



Updated January 2, 2010
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