FRAMED!

— Romans 5:8

There is no doubt that we all have issues, flaws, dysfunction and failure as part of our personal narrative. We all have dirt that we would rather leave concealed and skeletons we’d like to remain closeted.

But not only do our flaws and failures frame our testimony, but they also provide a constant reminder that grace and mercy are real, alive and active in the lives of God’s beloved. All that we are and all that we have are gifts from God for which we have done nothing to deserve. Redemption’s power stems from the truth that God’s love and investment in us are unmerited. Once you accept and embrace the purpose and power of redemption, it will become a source of an unending fuel that keeps you moving in His direction toward the purpose and promises that have been set aside just for you.

Reverend Christopher T Conti, MD is the Lead Pastor of Emmanuel Pittsburgh, and a licensed emergency medicine physician, author and Christian life coach.