October 11

Hebrews 4:12-16

“Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” vs. 16

Occasionally we run into folks who carry a heaven burden of sin…they’ve done or said things, mostly known only to themselves, that have left them with a giant dose of guilt. They know about forgiveness but have the sense that it doesn’t apply for them…that somehow they’ve slipped beyond the possibility of reconciliation. Perhaps they learned in their Sunday School class that God was a jealous God, one who punishes even unto the third and fourth generation. Whatever the reason, they now understand themselves to be outside the company of the redeemed. They’re reluctant to attend worship and unwilling to participate in Holy Communion. This verse from Hebrews addresses such persons…it speaks of a throne of grace and not judgement. And we sinners are encouraged to approach the throne with boldness…for us it is a source of mercy and grace, a place to find help in time of need. Would that every person carrying a burden of guilt could take these words to heart. There’s enough needless suffering in this world…there’s no need for any more! We have a God who loves and cares…we fear him but need not be afraid. And even more than that, we have a Savior who understands what it means to be human…one who understands our weaknesses…and in him we are made strong!

Thought for the Day: Why do I need mercy?

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