Have to stopped to thank God lately for His grace?

John 3:16-18 (The Message) says,

This is how much God loved the world: He gave His Son, His one and only Son.

And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in Him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life.

God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending His Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in Him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust Him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person’s failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to Him.

The definition of grace is the free and unmerited favor of God.

What a merciful God we serve! He could have demanded that we fall on our faces before Him and declare Him to be the one true God or else be destroyed. He could have forced us to our knees in reverence because He is all-powerful.

But, that isn’t how God works. He is all-loving, even while He is all-knowing.  He requires us to strive to be like Him all the while knowing we will fall short.  He designed us to be dependent on Him.  When we have gone as far as we can go, He will bridge the gap with His grace.

He came to take our place, to spare us the shame and the agony, and to take it all on Himself. His grace and mercy go hand in hand – they are two sides of the same coin.

Prayer:  Heavenly Father, let me never forget Calvary. Let me never forget the cross and Your shed blood. I am so thankful that where sin abounds Your grace establishes a presence that is even more powerful!  Thank You for amazing Grace!


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