“We Are Amazed That God Has Forgiven Us 我們因神的赦免而驚異莫名“（1 Corinthians 哥林多前書 15:9-11）
For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them – yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me. Whether, then, it is I or they, this is what we preach, and this is what you believed.
Like Paul, every humble and devoted believer in Jesus Christ must have amazed at the willingness of the Son of Man to take our place in judgment so that God’s people could be a cleansed and spiritual people! Paul was not ashamed of his times of remembrance and wonder over the grace and kindness of God. He knew that God did not hold his old sins against him forever! Knowing the old account was all settled, Paul’s happy heart assured him again and again that all was well. The faith and assurance and rejoicing of Paul remind us that if that humble sense of perpetual penance ever leaves our justified being, we are on the way to backsliding!
Prayer: Gracious and loving God, indeed your grace that saves us is meant to change us. We cannot receive it without being changed by it. The changes are not complete until we pass to next life. You do not want us to receive your grace and become passive. We work in a partnership with you, not because you need us, but because you want to let us share the glory in your work. May we not receive your grace in vain. Amen.