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Altogether New Life

Chapter 4: Embrace Grace

God’s grace operates in our lives before we receive Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord. It comes while we are still sinners (Romans 5:8). God is always the initiator in the relationship. He moves first. Let me illustrate. Suppose a 10-year-old girl decides she will explore the forest behind her house. She believes that finding her way back will be simple, but after several hours of adventure, finding new flowers and frogs, things begin to look different behind her. Instead of getting closer to home, she finds that nothing now seems familiar, and the setting sun makes her heart beat faster than it should.

Dinner time is the first moment when her mother realizes that her little girl is no longer in their backyard. InsHnctually, this mother looks at the forest behind their house with terror. She calls and calls her girl for supper, but there is no response. The little girl’s father comes home from work and he begins calling. When she doesn’t respond, the father begins to look in the forest. Aber two hours of searching, the mother calls some extended family and friends. They search through the night. As both dawn and the father’s heart breaks, he can no longer refrain from thinking thoughts that no father should have to think. He has been searching through the night. His arms are bleeding from thorns and thistles in the forest. He is tired and afraid. He makes his way to a clearing and on a large rock, he sees his little girl sleeping. He runs to her and libs her into his arms. She wakes, rubs her eyes, and wraps both arms around her father. She exclaims: “Daddy, I found you!”

God’s grace found you!

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