God is so amazing! Have you ever stopped to think of His love for us? I mean, while we were still sinners He sent His Son to die for our sins so that we could receive His forgiveness and live with Him for all eternity! (Romans 5:8) That's Amazing Grace! That's Marvelous Grace! That's Matchless Grace! This excites me and I pray it excites you too.
Grace starts with God. God wants all of us to receive His free gift of himself. Jesus! God wants a personal and intimate relationship with us. God's grace arises from His love for us.
Grace is God Reaching out for us. God takes the initiative in this grace relationship. God is pursuing us. He wants a relationship with His creation. God created you for the purpose of having a relationship with Him. Can you hear Him? Can you feel Him? He's calling you. Just reach out and grab His hand, He's waiting.
Grace is God Reaching and Accepting us as we are. Come to me all who are weak and weary and I will give you rest! (Matthew 11:28) That's God calling for you to come as you are! The church is a place for sinners to gather and embrace God's marvelous, matchless grace. Come in and receive His rest, peaceful rest, that only He can give.
Grace is God Reaching, Accepting and Caring for us. He loves us so much and accepts us just as wel are, BUT, His love is so great and He cares for you so much that He refuses to leave us as He finds us. He's willing to give you the gift of His Holy Spirit to come into you and live with you and help you each and every day! Do you want that gift? I pray you do.
Grace is God Reaching, Accepting, Caring and Encouraging us each and every day! You can't earn God's grace and love, you can't buy it either. Paul writes in Ephesians 2:8, "For is is by grace you have been saved, through faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God. Salvation comes by grace through faith and not by works." Isnt that encouraging? God's grace, mercy, and love is a FREE gift, all you have to do is reach out and grab His hand and accept His invitation.
So when you feel inadequate, when you just can't try anymore, when you're overwhelmed by your lack of goodness and righteousness, God extends His grace. Isn't that a relife? It's difficult to carry around all your burdens of guilt. So reach out to Him and let Him lift those burdens off your shoulders and take care of them for ya.
Folks, it's because of Christ and His obedience and sacrifice that we can receive God's Grace! His WOW Grace! "And the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will Himself restore yo uand make you strong, firm and steadfast." (1 Peter 5:10)
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