Sunday, January 08, 2012
Today's guest devotion comes from Andrea Boeshaar, from: Be Still…and Let Your Nail Polish Dry © 2008 Summerside Press
For God did not send His son into the world
to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved.
I have watched with a saddened heart as several Christians gave up on their faith. They stumbled in their walks, got lost in the darkness, and figured there was no way back to Jesus. Worse, they believed that God didn’t want them back because of their blemished pasts. After all, friends and family – even former church family members – didn’t want them back.
But the truth is, God will take us and our hurtful pasts and use them all together for His good (Romans 8:28). Of course, repentance is involved with restoration. But if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). Once restored, our hearts can’t even condemn us, because God is greater than our guilt-ridden, broken hearts.
This magnificent truth in no way gives us a license to sin, but I have seen God take the pieces of a broken life, put them back together, and create a thing of extraordinary beauty – and one that’s of great service to Him.
God really does use broken things.
Today’s Prayer: Father God, so many people stand in condemnation of us and others, but that’s not what You stand for. You’re the Giver of Life, You are Love, and You came so that we can live more abundantly. We thank You, we praise and worship You, and we rejoice in the miracles You’re about to do in our lives. In Jesus’ precious name. Amen.
Andrea Boeshaar has been writing stories and poems since she was a little girl; however, it wasn't until 1994 that her first novel was published. Since then she's written numerous articles and devotionals and more than 25 novels and novellas, and she was chosen as the author to launch the popular Love Finds You line for Summerside Press with Love Finds You in Miracle, Kentucky. Andrea is co-founder of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) organization and, for many years, she served on both its Advisory Board and as its CEO. Visit her website at www.AndreaBoeshaar.com