Devotion

      Grace, the Evidence of God’s Overwhelming Love for Mankind!

 

Grace is the act of God’s unending abounding love for us.  (Ephesians 2:4) “But because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions–it is by grace you have been saved.”   By the grace of God, through Jesus Christ we have forgiveness of our sins even though we don’t deserve it.  (Ephesians 1:7-8) “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that He lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.”    He loved us so much, that He sent Jesus into the world for us, and the salvation that we receive upon accepting Jesus into our hearts is free!  It is a gift!  We committed the sin, but Jesus paid the price for us!  How then can anyone doubt the love of God?  (Romans 5:1-2) “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand.  And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.”

If you had to build a stairway to heaven on your good works you would never make it.  (Romans 3:10-11) “There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God.”  This is due to the sinful nature that is within us.  It goes back to Adam and Eve when they disobeyed God by eating of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  (Romans 5:17) “For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ.”  That is where the love, mercy and grace of God come in.  There is nothing on our own that we can do to earn salvation.  It is a gift from God.  Through the abounding love of God, we have His grace.  (Ephesians 2:8-9) “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God–not by works, so that no one can boast.”  By His grace, He gave His One and Only Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins.  So, that through the blood of Jesus, we have forgiveness of our sins.

With the love and Spirit of Jesus in our hearts, He gives us strength to overcome our trials and the power of sin.  (Hebrews 13:9) “Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings.  It is good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace, not by ceremonial foods, which are of no value to those who eat them.”  We go through many trials and hardships as brothers and sisters of our Lord Jesus Christ.  But through it all we have the gift of the Holy Spirit, who comforts us and guides us as we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus.  As we endure and persevere in the trials of life, we do get weary, discouraged and tired; especially if the road that we are on has been a long one.  But it is in those times that God’s glory shines through; His strength is made perfect in our weakness.  (II Corinthians 12:9) “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”  Not only does He strengthen us, but by His grace He supplies our needs as well.  (John 1:16-17) “From the fullness of His grace we have all received one blessing after another.  For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.”

By God’s grace we have joy and peace in our heart where pain and sorrow once dwelt.  (Romans 15:13) “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”  By the love and the grace of God He will be there for you and lift you up no matter what you are going through.  I have lived with so much pain and heartache in my life, that if it were not for the love of God, I would be in a pit of depression.  God has picked up the pieces of my broken heart so many times and glued it back together with His love and peace.  His love alone keeps me going.  The love and understanding that He has shown me through all this, and how He gently corrects me and gets me back on track, has shown how deep His love for us really is.  By His grace He loves us when we are hurting, when we doubt Him and when we sin against Him.  (I John 4:16-18) “And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.  God is love.  Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.  In this way, love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the Day of Judgment, because in this world we are like Him.  There is no fear in love.  But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment.  The one who fears is not made perfect in love.”   He reminds me of the loved ones that I still have here and that still need me. The love and encouragement that I receive from Him enables me to pass it on not only to my family, but to others as well.  (II Thessalonians 2:16) “May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by His grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.”

Abraham when called to do so, offered up his one and only son to God.  God saw his faith and spared Isaac and provided a lamb in his place.  The offering up of Isaac was a symbol of what was to come and so was the lamb God provided as an offering in place of Isaac.  God provided the lamb as He provided Jesus Christ.  (John 1:14) “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.  We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”  The lamb represented Jesus Christ.  As the lamb replaced Isaac, Jesus Christ was sacrificed in place of us.  The Lord knew man’s heart and sinful nature and had a plan all along.  (Ephesians 1:4-6) “For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight.  In love He predestined us to be adopted as His sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with His pleasure and will–to the praise of His glorious grace, which He has freely given us in the One He loves.”  We were chosen by His grace, not by our works, to receive His grace and the gift of His salvation.  (Romans 11:5-6) “So too, at the present time there is a remnant chosen by grace.  And if by grace, then it is no longer by works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace.”

By God’s grace we have eternal life, and a love everlasting.  He pours out His Holy Spirit on us to help us through life, He supplies all our needs, forgives us and blesses us in some way every day, more than any of us deserve.  He gives this all by His wonderful, abounding, never ending love and grace.  All of this is through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  (Titus 3:5-7) “He saves us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by His grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.”

 

God’s ‘amazing grace,’ how sweet it is!

 

                               

 

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