LIVING BY GRACE

Ephesians 1:1-6

Because of the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, of which you heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel, which has come to you, as it has also in all the world, and is bringing forth fruit, as it is also among you since the day you heard and knew the grace of God in truth. Colossians 1:5-6

W.E. Vines observed that grace stresses “freeness and universality, its spontaneous character, as in the case of God’s redemptive mercy, and the pleasure or joy He designs for the recipient.”

Henry Thiessen in Lectures in Systematic Theology explains, “The grace of God is God’s goodness manifested toward the ill-deserving.” In other words, grace is God actively bestowing His love and mercy toward those who do not deserve it.

God offers grace freely to those who are called by His name. It is not something He is forced to do; He chooses to do it because of His unconditional love for us. No wonder Paul was quick to stress living by grace rather than living by works. He knew there was nothing we could do in and of ourselves to merit God’s favor.

Instead of striving to please God through completing a list of dos and don’ts, Paul exhorted believers to seek to know Christ through a personal relationship. God’s grace is not limited to the salvation experience. Because we are believers, our lives are saturated by His grace. There is never a moment when the grace of God is shut off from us.

No matter what your circumstance, the God of all grace is with you. Don’t be afraid to call out to Him. His grace is sufficient to heal, encourage, and wipe away every tear. Today tell Him how much you love Him and long to have a closer relationship with Him.

Lord, I am so thankful that as a believer my life is saturated by Your grace. I love You and long for a closer relationship with You.

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