“I was given mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus could show that He has patience without limit.” 1 Timothy 1:16
During the early days of the Civil War, a Union soldier was arrested on charges of desertion. Unable to prove his innocence, he was condemned and sentenced to die a deserter’s death. His appeal found its way to the desk of Abraham Lincoln. The president felt mercy for the soldier and signed a pardon. The soldier returned to service, fought for the rest of the war, and was killed in the last battle. Found within his shirt pocket was the signed letter of pardon from the president.
Close to the heart of the soldier were his leader’s words of pardon. He found courage in grace. I wonder how many thousands more have found courage in the merciful cross of their leader, Jesus Christ.