“What you say goes, God, and stays, as permanent as the heavens. Your truth never goes out of fashion; it’s as up-to-date as the earth when the sun comes up. Your word and truth are dependable as ever; that’s what you ordered — you set the earth going. If your revelation hadn’t delighted me so, I would have given up when the hard times came.” Ps. 119:89-92 The Message

God’s mercy and lavish forgiveness have never gone out of fashion. What He offers you today in Christ is “up-to-date” at this very moment in your life. It was the very same mercy and forgiveness He offered someone like you 300 .. 600 .. 1500 .. 2000 years ago. Just like you .. they faced hard times and they wanted to give up at times. But they didn’t because God’s word and truth are dependable. It’s no different with you and what you are facing in your life. Sometimes it is just one word of grace that holds you together: God is for you .. God is your peace .. God is good .. God is compassionate .. He’s patient .. He’s slow to anger .. He’s faithful .. He’s extravagant with love and forgiveness. No matter what you are facing today .. Jesus is the real life you can lean on .. depend on .. and come back to. He really is here to be found .. closer than you think .. deeper in love with you than you can imagine. Nail-scarred hands .. an empty grave .. and a small group of men and women sharing the news with anyone who was willing to listen. They did it in love and loved sharing it with the same love that loved them when they were unlovable. They were known as men and women of The Cross. It’s never gone out of fashion either. It’s up-to-date as well. It’s for those who are just about to give up and for those who haven’t given up. And God …? Well, He hasn’t changed. He’s still lavish with forgiveness. And His mercy is still one of His trademarks. He’s wants to be your Help and Hope today. It only takes a moment …

“Seek God while he’s here to be found, pray to him while he’s close at hand. Let the wicked abandon their way of life and the evil their way of thinking. Let them come back to God, who is merciful, come back to our God, who is lavish with forgiveness.” Isaiah 55:6-7 The Message

Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent M-F to the Lavished Upon Followers of Jesus and friends of Priority One (ken@priorityone.org)

About Ken Chester

I love seeing Christ become alive and real in someone's life. It is amazing what happens when Jesus moves in and starts to renovate a life. When I'm not riding my road bike, I am usually walking our corgi named Trinity (she came that way) and corgi-lab named Lowrider. Carolyn and I are transforming our backyard. And a book is on the way. ...Stay tuned ... Ken
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