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November 29, 2012

Response to Grace

Acts 3:17-23

17 “Now, fellow Israelites, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did your leaders. 18 But this is how God fulfilled what he had foretold through all the prophets, saying that his Messiah would suffer. 19 Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, 20 and that he may send the Messiah, who has been appointed for you—even Jesus. 21 Heaven must receive him until the time comes for God to restore everything, as he promised long ago through his holy prophets. 22 For Moses said, ‘The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own people; you must listen to everything he tells you. 23 Anyone who does not listen to him will be completely cut off from their people.’

We can respond two ways to the grace of God – respond in deliberate ignorance or in humble repentance. The Scripture has been fulfilled. The gospel has been spreading like wild fire wherever you go. In short, people are hearing the truth about God’s love and grace. And once they do, they are faced with a decision.

Do I repent and turn from my wicked ways so that my sins may be blotted out so that times of refreshing may come and Jesus comes and restores all things ( what a deal!!! by the way) or choose to reject God’s love and grace thus continue living in sin that results in more chaos and dysfunction and thus halt the restoration process of your own life.

I am reminded of what Joshua said in the Old Testament: As for me and my house we will serve the Lord. He chose LIFE. And it makes perfect sense!!!

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