Opportunity

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A criminal, who had never before heard of God's love to sinners, was condemned to die. According to his country's laws he had no hope of receiving mercy for his crimes. However, one who had himself received forgiveness for all his sins told God's message to the condemned man.
At this, his first hearing of the marvelous gospel, the wonderful good news, the hopeless sinner said afterward: "When I heard there was pardon for me from God, I just grabbed at it!"
My friends, what you may have so long and so coldly passed over, this poor man eagerly and instantly grasped.
In Isa. 1:1818Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. (Isaiah 1:18) God says: "Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool."
What gracious pleading is here! How will you treat your present opportunity? God delights in mercy, but since He is holy, sin must be judged.
"Seek ye the Lord while He may be found, call ye upon Him while He is near." Isa. 55:66Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: (Isaiah 55:6).