What makes Christianity different from all other religions in the world? C.S. Lewis, a longtime defender of the gospel once said, “Oh, that’s easy. It’s grace.”
The great hymn of the Faith, Amazing Grace was written by a man named John Newton. Here is just a little of his story. Newton understood what it meant to be a “wretch”. He commanded an English slave ship in the 1700’s and brought thousands of slaves to this country during his lifetime. Captain Newton showed no compassion for his cargo. He chained them below the decks to prevent suicides. The slaves were laid side-by-side to save space, row after row, one after another, until his vessel boasted as many as 600 Africans. And if a slave became ill during the voyage, he was tossed overboard to prevent the infection from spreading. Well that all changed one night when Newton’s ship almost sunk. He gave his life to Christ and spent the rest of his days scratching his head in disbelief over the change. When he was 82, he said, “My memory is nearly gone, but I remember two things, that I am a great sinner, and that Christ is a great savior.”
Newton spend the latter days of His life bringing others to Jesus. He accepted God’s forgiveness and grace and God totally transformed him.
Share with someone the difference Christ has made in your life. You story may not be as “BIG” in your mind as the one of John Newton, but God’s grace that saved you is the same grace that saved John Newton.
Verse for today:
Ephesians 1:7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;