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Tuesday, September 8, 2020

What is God's Grace?

September 8, 2020 - LISTEN HERE

Ephesians 2:8-9 

For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift— not from works, so that no one can boast.

Grace is the most important concept taught in the Bible. Scripture is filled with verses about God’s grace. 

In fact, grace is mentioned more than 150 times in the Bible, beginning in Genesis where Noah found grace in the eyes of God, all the way through to the last verse in the Bible.

What is grace?

It is the unmerited, unearned love and favor of God. God the Father gave us the most important free gift in the Universe: salvation in Jesus Christ.

Because it is a gift, it means nothing has to be given in return or paid back. This is a gift, not a loan. A gift is free, even though it was purchased by the giver. In this case, the purchase price was the sacrifice and death of God’s own son.  

Since salvation is a FREE gift that comes to us through faith and by His grace, it cannot be earned. In fact, the Word says quite clearly that no one can "buy" their way into heaven with enough good deeds or with good enough motives. You can’t get into Heaven by being super nice or by being generous or by doing good things for others; the ticket to heaven is only through Jesus Christ.

By God’s grace, our eternal life was guaranteed with the blood of His Son and the forgiveness of all our sins – now and forever. This immeasurable gift was given to us when we accept Christ as our personal savior. We didn’t work for it and we certainly didn’t deserve it. Through His grace, we now receive wisdom, understanding and a long list of blessings “according to His riches in glory.” 

What an awesome God!

Dear Father in heaven, there are not enough words in any language to describe the feeling of gratitude we have for Your grace, and now much You love us. We are grateful that becoming one with You does not have to be earned because no amount of busy-ness could possibly be enough to enter the gates of heaven. We humble ourselves before You, Lord, with a child’s heart and simple gratitude. Thank You for being who You are. Thank You for your grace which we are so grateful to feel and experience. In Jesus's name, Amen. 

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