“Then I will compensate you for the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the creeping locust, the stripping locust, and the gnawing locust—My great army which I sent among you” (Joel 2:25).

In other words, don’t be bugged by your past. Let it go, and let God’s grace accomplish its work in you right now. Theologian and ethicist, the late Lewis Smedes, wrote, “Grace is what happens when you come to the realization that in Christ your past isn’t going to catch up with you.” Grace is never based upon what you deserve but, rather, upon what God desires always to give.

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