Meet my sweet friend Rebecca Halton, author, speaker, and remarkable woman of God.
I first met Rebecca last year in a Passionate Hearts Bible study of the book of James — Mercy Triumphs, by Beth Moore. I had no idea at the beginning of that study how it would impact my life, or how my friendship with Rebecca would increase my faith in God’s goodness.
When I found out Rebecca was a writer, the first thing I asked was if I could read her book. I was amazed at God’s timing — Words from the Other Woman was mercy in action and a beautiful illustration of what we were studying. I read it cover to cover in one sitting.
Talk about an amazing story of God’s forgiveness and grace!
While we all may want to set aside the topic of adultery because it’s such a painful one, the truth is we are all the other woman. We have all rebelled against God, reached out our hands to embrace idols, and betrayed the One who created us in search of something we think will better fulfill the desires of our hearts.
Rebecca’s story reminds me that God is always willing to welcome us back, no matter how far we’ve fallen. God promises that, if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive them and purify us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). And we should do the same (Colossians 3:13, Ephesians 4:32).
But forgive adultery? I’ve spoken with many Christian woman who tell me it’s the one sin they could never forgive. And yet, as C.S. Lewis once said, “To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.”
When God causes us to walk in difficult places and forgive things that are seemingly unforgivable, it is so that He can demonstrate His abundant mercy in ways we never thought possible.
Once we’ve experienced that mercy, it does indeed triumph! We are forever changed, and we want nothing more than to share that kind of mercy and hope with others.
“They looked to Him and were radiant, and their faces will never be ashamed.” —Psalm 34:5