Friday, February 09, 2007

That Amazing Thing Called Grace

11 For the grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people.12 And we are instructed to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures. We should live in this evil world with wisdom, righteousness, and devotion to God,13 while we look forward with hope to that wonderful day when the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, will be revealed.14 He gave his life to free us from every kind of sin, to cleanse us, and to make us his very own people, totally committed to doing good deeds. ~ Titus 2:11-14, NLT

"He never has enough of us until He has all of us. Ninety-nine sheep weren't enough. Nor were nine coins. Nor one son. We've learned too easily to look at the lostness of our family and friends in statistical terms. Ninety-nine percent; ninety percent; even fifty percent -- those aren't bad numbers really. But God's grace isn't centered in statistics. He intends to give until there are no more in need. Don't you get the feeling from the good news story that even if there had been only one lost sinner in the world, God would still have given His son?" ~ William Pile, What the Bible Says about Grace, pg. 44

Amazing Grace
Words by John Newton 1779

Amazing Grace! How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found
Was blind, but now I see.

'Twas Grace that taught my heart to fear,
And Grace my fears relieved.
How precious did that Grace appear
The hour I first believed.

Through many dangers, toils, and snares
I have already come.
'Tis Grace hath brought me safe thus far
And Grace will lead me home.

The Lord has promised good to me.
His Word my hope secures.
He will my shield and portion be
As long as life endures.

When we've been there ten thousand years
Bright shining as the sun,
We've no less days to sing God's praise
Than when we'd first begun.

"Ponder the acheivement of God. He doesn't condone our sin; nor does he compromise his standard. He doesn't ignore our rebellion; nor does he relax his demands. Rather than dismiss our sin he assumes our sin, and incredibly, sentences himself. God's holiness is honored. Our sin is punished. And we are redeemed. God is still God. The wages of sin is still death. And we are made perfect." ~ Max Lucado, In the Grip of Grace, pg. 75

The Law came in so that the transgression would increase; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, even so grace would reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. ~ Romans 5:20-21, NASB

Some times we just need a reminder. May you continually live your life in the light of God's wonderful and amazing grace.

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