Oh Sweet Grace!

Ephesians 2 : 4-5
But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ…

But God…

Do you truly believe you are blessed? Whether you believe it or not, you are! You have received such rich mercy and grace from your Father.

Mercy: compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone whom it is within one's power to punish or harm. 

Mercy is the act of God withholding the punishment we deserve, due to our atrocious sins and rebellion against Him. It is the deliverance from God’s wrath at final judgment.

Jesus must become more beautiful than our idols.
— Tim Keller

By Grace You Have Been Saved

Before Christ, we were dead in our transgressions.  Then, through the cross, regeneration (new spiritual life within) occurred. We were dead - not asleep nor unconscious. Dead…without the possibility of being resuscitated. We needed someone to intervene who could give us new life. That someone was God. Regeneration is not something we could accomplish ourselves. 

Ephesians 2 : 8
For by grace you have been saved through faith.
And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.

Grace: the free and unmerited favor of God.

God’s grace and mercy on his helpless children flows from His own loving heart, not from anything we have done to deserve it. God’s grace offers salvation and also secures it. 

Now What?

So, we can be in awe of the rich mercy and grace we have received from our Father, but what do we do with this beautiful news? 

It should cause us to live differently.

Romans 6 : 1-2
What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound?
By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?

Although we have been given mercy and grace, there is no excuse to continue to live in sin. Though Christ’s death on the cross, we have been freed from the bondage of sin.  A massive price was paid for our freedom, so we are to continue to intentionally run from sin’s temptation.

Jesus is always better than sin.

He can and will abundantly fill our empty soul in a unique way that any worldly desire cannot.