"Grace did much more abound"

Have you ever looked at the world and despaired that mankind may be beyond redemption? Perhaps you've been shocked by the more blatant examples of man's inhumanity—both to man and to beast. Or you've seen society's shifting standard of morality reject values that have long been held dear. Or perhaps your own life has fallen short in some way, and you feel hedged in by sin, with little hope of finding a way out.

There's a Scriptural promise that shines forth with a bright light. And it can penetrate and dissolve the darkness that such a heavy sense of either the world's sin or one's own failings would impose. In the Epistle to the Romans, the Apostle Paul writes of the salvation Christ Jesus brought to humanity. And here we're given the precious promise that offers us real hope of redemption: "Where sin abounded, grace did much more abound." Rom. 5:20.

God's great love for His creation always provides abundant grace to the heart humble enough and chastened enough to reach out for it. Grace is the natural outcome of our Father's tender care for us. It makes us clean and new and pure if we're willing to wash in it—if we will turn from sin, repent, and pray to be shown our true, spiritual nature as God's own child.

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The Goliath in the pool
October 8, 1984

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