Friday, January 15, 2016

Amazing Grace

Encouragement for your daily walk with God

Wherever Paul traveled, he wrote and spoke extensively about grace — God’s undeserved favor. He was fully aware of the controlling power of sin - by his own admission, he was the worst of sinners [1 Timothy 1:15] - and the freedom that comes through faith in Christ [Romans 5:1; 8:1].

That freedom breaks the power that sin has over us, and we become spiritually alive. Our new life is comparable to receiving a heart transplant [Ezekiel 36:26; 2 Corinthians 5:17], changing citizenship [Philippians 3:20], and moving to a new country [Colossians 1:13].

God’s grace is the most powerful, life-changing force in the world today. If it were a commodity being sold, who in this world could afford it? That’s right, no one. That’s why God offers His grace as a free gift. We are saved by grace through faith [Ephesians 2:8]. Our life is removed from the mire of sin and placed on the immovable Rock, Jesus Christ [1 Corinthians 10:4]. From then on, we live in the everlasting grace He has provided us.

“Amazing Grace! how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me.”

And the gift is not like the one man’s sin, because from one sin came the judgment, resulting in condemnation, but from many trespasses came the gift, resulting in justification. Since by the one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive the overflow of grace and the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ.  Romans 5:15-18

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