What I read today;

Romans 5; Matthew 5; Isaiah 5; Job 5; Joshua 5; Genesis 5

What does grace mean to you?  Not the textbook answer that every confirmand gives on confirmation Sunday, God’s unmerited love for sinners.

No, what does Grace mean to you?

Read this passage and then think about what Grace really means to you personally:

Romans 5 verses 8-11 – “But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us.  Much more surely then, now that we have been justified by his blood, will we be saved through him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, much more surely, having been reconciled, will we be saved by his life?  But more than that, we even boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.” NRSV

When we say that God’s love is unmerited, do we really understand what that means?  Do we truly feel the weight of what those words stand for?  Not only were we lost, but we were enemies of God.  How many people on this earth would actually give their life for an enemy?  But that is what Jesus Christ did for you and me.  We were enemies of God.  We didn’t just have a mild sin disease.  This wasn’t some problem that could be fixed by studying a few chapters of the Torah.  Our problem was deep inside our very being.  We were enemies. The human race declared war on God.  And in spite of this declaration of war on our side, God still chose to save us.

How much does it truly mean to you to know that God loved us so much that to reconcile himself to us, he gave up his very life?  What does that say about how far God will go to make sure that each and every one of those called to be his, will remain in his grace and mercy!

Grace is truly exemplified in the life-saving sacrifice of our savior on the cross.  It is demonstrated in his willingly walking up a hill and laying down on the cross.  Grace is truly a gift that should inspire awe and wonder inside of our souls, each and every day we walk this earth!

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