Not what we were, but what we become

Not what we were

He lied—repeatedly (Genesis 12:10-20; 20:1-13). Yet we remember Abraham as the man of great faith, the friend of God (Romans 4:18-22; James 2:23).

Rahab is honored for her faithful help to Israel (Hebrews 11:31; James 2:25).

He committed adultery, then murder. But his repentance was genuine–David, a man after God’s own heart (Acts 13:22).

The one who cowardly denied Jesus quickly grew into the bold apostle Peter (Luke 22:54-62; Acts 4:1-22; 5:27-42).

But what we become

It’s not what we once were that counts in God’s book, but what He enables us to become—by His grace.

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