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by Brent Nidiffer and Jamie Shell
In the 14th century, Robert Bruce of Scotland was leading his men in a battle to gain independence from England. Near the end of the conflict, the English wanted to capture Bruce to keep him from the Scottish crown. So they put his own bloodhounds on his trail.
When the bloodhounds got close, Bruce could hear their baying. His attendant said, We are done for. They are on your trail, and they will reveal your hiding place. Bruce replied, Its all right. Then he headed for a stream that flowed through the forest. He plunged in and waded upstream a short distance. When he came out on the other bank, he was in the depths of the forest.
The memory of our sins, prodded on by Satan, can be like those baying dogsbut a stream flows, red with the blood of Gods own Son. By grace through faith we are safe. No sin-hound can touch us. The trail is broken by the precious blood of Christ. The purpose of the cross, someone observed, is to repair the irreparable. Today thank God that He has repaired each of our lives.
If we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. (1 John 1:7)
Author: Brent Nidiffer and Jamie Shell
Publication Date: April 10, 2001
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