A young employee was responsible for some missing funds at the company for which he worked. When the matter was discovered he was summoned to the main office. He was asked if the matter was true and he admitted his involvement. Much to his surprise, he was asked, "if you keep your present job, can you be trusted in the future?" The man quickly admitted his foolishness and assured the manager that he had learned his lesson. The manager said he would keep him on, and that no charges would be pressed. Then he said, "I think you ought to know that you are the second man in this firm to do as you did. I was the first! This mercy you are receiving, I also received."
We should know that if in some way we have messed up in life, we are not the first to do so. James says, "For we all stumble in many ways" (James 3:2). God's mercy reaches us where we are, and in Christ is the power to begin again. New hope and new purpose. Old things have passed away and new things begin (II Corinthians 5:17). A sincere Christian does not boast of his perfections, but he says instead, "I received mercy." In that statement is an admission. In it is hope. The Gospel of Christ instructs us so that we might learn of access into this marvelous mercy of God. Come and learn His truth. Your not the first to need mercy and you want be the last.
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