Forgiveness transforms faults and failures.

(Listen to my song “The Way You Are” on YouTube by clicking HERE)


Romans 7:19

For I do not do the good I want, but I do the evil I do not want.


Well…how’s that for stating the human condition.

St. Paul was not perfect…and he admitted it.

How refreshing!

We can all share in making that same confession.

I truly believe that our purpose here has nothing to do with being perfect or proving ourselves worthy.

God already loves each of us as we are.


That is so hard for us to fathom as everything in our culture seems to be set up the opposite: You must prove yourself worthy to be accepted, liked and loved.

But that is not so with God.

Jesus said that God makes the sun rise on the bad and the good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust (Matthew 5:45).

Jesus said to love your enemies (Matthew 5:44), so we are assured that God does the same!

What God wants of us is to learn compassion…and to do that, we have to know what it feels like to fail and to be forgiven.

That’s pretty much the only way!

That, my friend, is Grace!

You don’t know grace simply by following the law.

It seems counterintuitive…but we must fail to experience the joy and freedom of forgiveness and Unconditional Love.

So…have compassion on yourself…and extend it to those around you.


Listen to the song of the day “The Way You Are” on the Mercy Reigns album by clicking HERE.

Stream and/or purchase my songs on Amazon Music by clicking HERE.

Remember…God loves you!

About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, author, activist, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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