Beautiful Grace


Colossians 2:14 (CEB)
14He destroyed the record of the debt we owed, with its requirements that worked against us. He canceled it by nailing it to the cross.

Ephesians 4:32 (NIV)
32Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.


  Recently, I was at a friend’s birthday party at a nice sushi restaurant, and there were more than ten people at the table. We were having lots of conversation when someone from the next table came over to talk to us. At first, I worried she might reprimand us for our loud chatter, or for the occasional curse word blurted out. Instead, she told us that we were “rock stars” and that she had paid our tab! This was remarkable, as we had ordered a lot of food at this higher-end restaurant.

  I immediately thought of how we didn’t actually deserve this huge favor. And then I thought that wasn’t all that different than what God did for us by sending His Son to the cross, so we could be forgiven, even while we were still sinners (Romans 5:8).

  The woman then told us that as part of the deal, we each had to “pay it forward” in some way during the week. This got me thinking: if God forgave us by sacrificing His only Son while we were still sinful, how could I show appreciation for this incredible gift?


  Think about what you can do to “pay it forward” in your life. How can you reflect God’s amazing love and forgiveness?

The author is a high school student from California.


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