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The Gracious Father

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.” – Ephesians 2:8-9, NIV

Brett had spent the past few days, discussing the topic of grace with his three children. He’d tried to explain it, but he struggled for a way to put into the language of little ones.

Then one evening, he had the opportunity to demonstrate grace. He called his kids for bed, only to find his oldest son, hurriedly scribbling on paper.

When Brett asked his son what he was doing, he discovered the boy hadn’t written the book report he had due in the morning.

“But you had time to play with your friends and time to play on your phone,” Brett pointed out, frustrated with his child’s lack of time management.

His son looked disappointed. “I know, Dad. I messed up.”

Brett felt a wave of compassion, so he looked at his son and said, “I’m going to give you grace—you can stay up an hour later than usual to finish your homework.”

Just like Brett was gracious toward his son, God is gracious toward you, His precious child!


Lord, sometimes, I make a mess of things. I don’t handle things the way I should. Please grant me grace in these moments. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 September 1 Devotional

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