All You Need Is Grace
Theme of the Week: Religion Won't Get You to Heaven
Friday, April 4, 2014
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Key Bible Verses: Because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ. (Ephesians 2:4-5, NIV)
Dig Deeper: Ephesians 2:3-7
In [today's Key Bible Verses], we learn that God is rich in mercy, is unequaled in his love for humanity, has made us alive together with Jesus, and shows us off like a proud father for all eternity as a testament to his amazing grace. Mercy is to the soul what water is to a thirsty man. Love is to the heart what oxygen is to the lungs. Life is to the body what food is to the stomach. Humanity is in need of mercy, love, and life. Religion can't provide these. Only grace can because grace is a person named Jesus.
God only accepts one person in the entire universe, his beloved Son, Jesus. But because you and I are ["alive with Christ"], he accepts us and sees us as righteous. Therefore we do not need to strive or struggle to earn God's love, acceptance, or forgiveness.
And here's the beauty of grace: when your heart is overrun by the gospel of grace and you realize that your failures and sins do not prevent God from seeing you as righteous, then you will not want to act in unrighteous ways. People who get grace go further and grow faster in the kingdom because they are living from God's acceptance, love, and blessing.
—Derwin L. Gray in Limitless Life
My Response: In what ways does God's grace free me and empower me to live a life that pleases him?
Thought to Apply: Grace is power, not just pardon.—John Piper (pastor, writer)
Adapted from Limitless Life by Derwin L. Gray (Thomas Nelson, 2013) by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be reproduced.
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Prayer for the Week
Savior, my natural human tendency is to want to earn your love through my good works; remind me that your love is unconditional and based on your sacrifice for me.
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