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Simply a Gift

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Reading: Ephesians 2: 4-10

Verse Eight: “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and is it not from yourselves, it is the gift of God”.

In the grand scheme of our faith, being saved into eternal life is the hope we have in this world. To draw near to the end of life knowing one is destined for eternal glory brings comfort and assurance that is hard to describe. The opposite end of the spectrum, life without hope, brings despair and a “what now?” feeling of helplessness and finality. It is hard for me to imagine living without hope, yet some do.

Once we make the choice to enter into a saving relationship with Jesus Christ, we see and experience life differently. Our connection to God and His love journeys with us both in the joys and in the trials of life. We have a definite sense that we are not alone. In those times of joy we know that God’s hand is at work, bringing us blessing. In times of trial, we can feel God’s hand upon us, guiding and supporting us. The one who created all things created us and desires to journey through life with us. All we need to do is invite Him in.

As we get to know Jesus, we begin to live into the “immeasurable riches of grace” that Paul writes of in verse seven. As we live into His grace, we begin to understand the nature of these riches. As we do so, we soon come to learn two things. First, God’s grace is unlimited and always available. Second, it is not earned or gotten somehow by us – it is a free gift. In verse eight Paul writes, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and is it not from yourselves, it is the gift of God”. Saved through faith by grace. Simply a gift. Oh what love! Thanks be to God. Amen.

One thought on “Simply a Gift

  1. SATURDAY I WENT TO CHURCH, WHEN I GOT BACK TO MY APT BUILD A LARGE GROUP OF OLD PEOPLE MEET ME AT THAT BACK DOOR, 😦 A MAN FROM 3RD FLOOR FOUND DEAD, THEY THINK HE LAY THERE A WEEK, NO ONE CHECK ON HIM, NO ONE MISS SEEING HIM AROUND. I DONT KNOW IF HE WAS A BELIEVER , HE NO THE FRIST WHO DIE ALONE IN THEIR APT, AND WONT BE THE LAST. IN SENIOR LIVING IT HAPPENS.
    OUR FAITH IS VERY IMPORTANT,
    IM GLAD TO KNOW IM FOREVER WITH THE LORD. MY FAITH IS IN JESUS CHRIST , HEAVEN IS MY HOME. MAY THE GRACE OF CHRIST OUR SAVIOUR AND THE FATHER BOUNDLESS LOVE WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT FAVOR REST UPON FROM ABOVE ON EACH OF US. AMEN . 🙂

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