“The Lord is compassionate and gracious,
slow to anger, abounding in love.
9 He will not always accuse,
nor will he harbor his anger forever;
10 he does not treat us as our sins deserve
or repay us according to our iniquities.
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his love for those who fear him;
12 as far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed our transgressions from us.“
Psalm 103:8-12 NIV
Though we can’t earn it God offers us grace and gives us the opportunity to be free from sin. He loves you so much that He willingly went to the Cross to pay to price for your sin. Think of it this way you were charged with a crime and were brought to court…you are found guilty and convicted…then as you are about to be led away…the judge comes down from the bench and says He will take the punishment you deserve and you are set free. That is what Jesus Christ has done for you and me…He has made a way for us to be reconciled with God. Thanks be to God for His mercy and grace.
“But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.”
Ephesians 2:4-5 NIV
(This photo was taken in October of 2018 near Winterset, Iowa)