“Every time I looked in the mirror, all I could see was a monster, someone who had shattered lives.” -Darryl Davis
Many of us have experienced a moment like this – we look in the mirror and do not recognize the person we see. We know God’s grace is great, but when it comes to specific shortcomings – our own unique shame and brokenness – we question God’s forgiveness.
You are not alone.
Darryl Davis was caught in the middle of a drug deal gone wrong, and his actions drastically changed the rest of his life. Motivated by vengeance and caught in a dangerous situation, Darryl stabbed and killed a man. He was convicted of murder and sentenced to 35 years in prison. What hope did he have to make it right? How could God forgive a sin that was so big and so permanent?
God’s grace is greater than your sins
Maybe it is one sin for you – one terrible moment of rebellion against yourself or someone you care about. Or, more likely, it is a pattern of sin or a path you have strayed down for years that is so deeply ingrained that you despair of ever walking free.
Times like this are an inevitable part of human life in a fallen world. We are confronted with the fear that, while God has forgiven us in the past, this is the last straw. Even though God forgives everyone, we are worse. We are hypocrites, hiding our true selves with a mask, and we cannot bear to see what is really in the mirror.
The truth is that God’s grace was greater than Darryl’s sin. It is greater than his impoverished childhood, the life he led, and the murder that he committed. Darryl’s life was renewed, and now his testimony exclaims the magnificent beauty of the gospel.
Like Darryl, the Apostle Paul knew that he was a terrible sinner. In fact, Paul considered himself the worst of sinners (1 Timothy 1:15) and regularly reflected on his past. Then he encountered Jesus, and the grace of God “overflowed” to Paul, transforming his life.
What burdens are you carrying that seem like they are beyond the forgiveness of God? How are shame and guilt pushing you away from him? God’s grace is greater than all you have done and more, and he is inviting you to partake in his grace to completely and forever cover your sins through.
You Are Forgiven
Paul makes it clear that God’s love is a resurrecting love. No matter how far you are from the Father, you are not abandoned. The offer of forgiveness is ready for you.
It’s one thing to understand these truths, but it is another thing entirely to live them out. Darryl struggled with this, and it was only through the power of the Holy Spirit that he could live in the freedom of God’s grace being greater than his sin. Thankfully, God is a patient with our progress. That is part of his abundant grace.
How do you receive God’s forgiveness? Come to Jesus. He is here to take your burden, your sorrow, shame, and guilt. But it doesn’t end with you. This grace is living and active, moving through you to the next person in need. God is using Darryl’s story of forgiveness to bring grace to the world, and he is using yours.
God’s grace is greater than your sins, stronger than your shame, grander than your guilt, and is ready to transform your life today.
Our sins are forgiven through Christ. We can rest in that.
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