>Fingerprint Friday – Forgiveness, Grace, and Mercy

>There is a song by Steven Curtis Chapman that says:

I can see the fingerprints of God
When I look at you
I can see the fingerprints of God
And I know it’s true
You’re a masterpiece
That all creation quietly applauds
And you’re covered with the fingerprints of God

So look around you and see where YOU can see God’s fingerprints in your life and your world. For more inspirational thoughts and Fingerprint Friday posts, check out Beki’s post over at The Rusted Chain

If it is human, then it is mentionable. If it is mentionable, then it is manageable.” ~ Fred Rogers

Wednesday night Pastor John shared this quote with us. It really made me think. The context was in terms of God’s amazing grace, mercy and forgiveness.

Satan is constantly whispering lies into our ears which worm their way into our hearts and heads. Lies that say we are not worthy of God’s love. That we are not worthy of His forgiveness or mercy. Lies that say we are horrible people; sinners who should be shouting “Unclean, Unclean” from our lungs as we go through the day. Satan tells us that God could never love me, look at all the bad decisions I’ve made. Look at all the horrible things I’ve done (whether big or small)! If God knew what I had done or am doing, He would not, could not love me.

There is no “new” sin on this earth. Every single evil deed that could be imagined has already been done by somebody somewhere in the past. Preacher made an interesting point about the Bible – it is basically a story about Abraham’s family, starting with Adam and Eve and going through to Jesus. Pastor John said that the Old Testament stories couldn’t hold a candle to soap operas today. The Bible could not be shown during Prime Time TV. It would have to be on cable or after the 10pm news. Payton Place had nothing on the Old Testament families!

The people we think of as the Old Testament Saints were flawed. They were human. The Bible is full of adultery, incest, murder in many forms, wars, rape, family feuds, unwed mothers, alcoholics, etc. God still loved these people. God still used these people. God still went to these people and called them to Him.

God talks about the ugly side of humanity. When our sins are confessed, they do become manageable. They are forgiven, washed away and we are made new. When our sins are confessed, God can work in our lives to turn us away from whatever sin we are committing, be it big or small in our eyes. 

We are worthy of God’s love. Period. God Himself thought so. He sent His Son to die for us.

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16 NAS


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