A Thief Learns about Grace


I was caught in the act. And now Mom was going to help me remember to ask first. I thought I could get away with it. I wanted to taste just one hot chocolate chip cookie from the cooling rack, so while she had her back turned, I grabbed one. But I wasn’t fast enough. As she turned around, I was caught. Now I would suffer the consequences.

Maybe you can relate. You didn’t get caught stealing cookies, but maybe you were trapped in a lie or someone found out about a rumor you started. Trust and harmony needed to be restored. This must first happen with our relationship with God, when we admit our condition, confess our sin, and ask him for help. 1 John 2:1 reminds us, “My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense—Jesus Christ, the righteous One.”

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A harmonious relationship is based on trust and obedience; when either is lacking it affects the quality of the relationship. God is not a finger-wagging, inspecting kind of God. We don’t need to earn our way back into His good books; we are already in them because of what Jesus has done. I confessed my sin of stealing cookies to God, apologized to my mom, and then had some time to think about my actions as I sat alone in timeout. God forgave me for my sin. Now I could behave according to my beliefs. Let’s pray:

Father, thank you for reminding me to see myself as a saint who sometimes sins. Thank you for your love for me. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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