For some reason I woke up this morning with “grace” on my mind. Not grace as in saying “Thank you for this food” but THE grace, the grace of God that we receive at salvation. Ephesians 2:8 says “God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God.” (NLT)
As Christians we seem to let that word flow from our mouths so freely and sometimes nonchalantly. One definition I found for the word grace was “To dignify or raise by an act of favor; to honor; To adorn; to decorate; to embellish and dignify.” These words expand the meaning of grace to me and when I apply them to my salvation I am so humbled because I “know” I did not deserve this gift at all. I remember hearing things as a child like, “if you do so-and-so I’ll get you a present so I ended up connecting gifts to performance. But all the performing and people pleasing I did throughout my life meant nothing when it came to my salvation. The concept of not having to do anything but believe was just foreign to me. In a way I wanted to perform for God so I would feel worthy of His gift. But God dignified me and raised me with His” favor” and His love–His “amazing grace”. In reading the last statement I just want to run into His arms and allow His love to permeate my being. His grace–His favor–His love–my salvation.
Father God, my Abba Daddy, I am in awe by your love for me. I deserve nothing but you dignified me as Your child when I said, “I believe”. I was blind but now I see.” Make me an instrument for your glory God. Thank you Lord. In the Holy name of Jesus Christ, your Son. “Amen”
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Such a beautiful reflection. Thank you!