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While standing in line at a checkout, an elderly gentleman motioned to a sleeping infant in his mother’s arms and asked me: “wouldn’t you love to have a conscious that clear?” It resonated with me, because I would. All of us would. Problem is, innocence cannot be retrieved once lost. Yet for those who come to know the boundless mercy of God and the inexhaustible sufficiency of our redemption, something even more wonderful is revealed; we are granted “righteousness consciousness.” In the divine exchange, our Savior took upon Himself our condemnation and bestowed upon us His right standing. Wow! Most Merciful Father, in Christ alone there is peaceful rest in Your transforming arms. 


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