In our day-to-day lives of deadlines and expectations, we are challenged to remember that we are saved, by the grace of God, through our faith. We are not saved by perfection or status or wealth; we are saved by a relationship with God. We cannot earn salvation through good works or right words. God’s love and our faith in God is what saves us.

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However, God is rich in mercy. He brought us to life with Christ while we were dead as a result of those things that we did wrong. He did this because of the great love that he has for us. You are saved by God’s grace! And God raised us up and seated us in the heavens with Christ Jesus. God did this to show future generations the greatness of his grace by the goodness that God has shown us in Christ Jesus.

Ephesians 2:4-7

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You have been forgiven by God! On a piece of paper or on your phone or computer, jot down a list, titled “Things for which God has forgiven me.” Spend a few minutes considering both little and big things you’ve done which would’ve been given a “thumbs down” rating by God. Be sure to skip a line between items on your list.

Talk with God about each item on your list. Ask for God’s mercy and forgiveness. Ask God to release you from the pain and guilt you feel from wrongdoings.

Recognizing God’s rich mercy and the gift of life in Christ, write or draw something on the blank line between each item on your list to celebrate God’s forgiveness of your wrong. “I am forgiven!” is a great start.

Becky Ullom Naugle

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Merciful God, who brings me to life in Christ, guide my thoughts and actions today so that I might make choices which bring you joy. I know I can ask for forgiveness, but I’d rather do it right the first time. Strengthen my faith today and in the days to come. Amen.

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Go into your day-to-day life confidently, knowing that God has brought you to life with Christ. Remember God’s love for you; remember your faith in God. You cannot go where God is not!

Becky Ullom Naugle

Becky Ullom Naugle, director of youth/young adult ministry for the Church of the Brethren, lives with her husband Patrick in northern Illinois. They enjoy family time, pets, the family lake house, and the Rocky Mountains.

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