Little Johnny was visiting his grandparents on their farm. They gave little Johnny a slingshot and he practiced in the woods, but he could never hit the target. As he was walking back to the house, he saw Grandma's pet duck. Just out of impulse, he let a rock fly, hit the duck square in the head and killed it. He was shocked and grieved. He hid the dead duck in the woodpile, only to see his sister watching. For the next few days when it came chore time, his sister said, "Johnny wants to do it", and she would whisper to Johnny, "Remember the duck."After several days of this he was fed up and he came to Grandma and confessed that he killed the duck. She knelt down, gave him a hug, and said, "Sweetheart, I know. You see, I was standing at the window and I saw the whole thing. But because I love you, I forgave you, I was just wondering how long you would let Sally make a slave of you."
In Christ "we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace" (Ephesians 1:7). The cross of Christ is the great demonstration of His love for us. Sometimes a person comes to Christ but they let something from their past burden them and gain control over them to the extent that they cannot move forward. If you have come to Christ refuse to let your 'forgiven past' dominate your life. As Paul said, "Consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus" (Romans 6:11). The Lord truly seeks not only to forgive you of all your transgressions but also to really give you a new life. Come and learn of our Lord's grace and His plan for your life!
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