Theme of the Week: Grace
Bible Verse: All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ. Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes.” Ephesians 1:3-4 NLT
Scripture Reading: Romans 5:8
We have all heard the term grace, regardless of how long you have been in church. Grace, for many, is a word that means “let it go,” “give them another chance,” or “to overlook a fault.”
While there is a grain of truth in those ideas, the grace that Jesus offers is something far more profound than a mulligan or turning a blind eye.
Grace is receiving something that we do not deserve, and it is always given in the context of a relationship. Jesus extended grace towards us so that we could be made right with God and be in a relationship with the Father.
We extend grace to those in our lives so that we can protect the relationship and choose unity and togetherness instead of bitterness, division, and isolation.
People in your life extend grace towards you because they desire to be in a relationship with you despite your imperfections.
This week we will dive into the idea of grace, but for today let’s meditate on the fact that it all started with Christ. Just as the verse above says, “Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ….” Romans 5:8 says, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Prayer: Jesus, thank you that even when I was a sinner, you desired to be in a personal relationship with me. Thank you for your grace towards me through your love.
Reflection: How have you seen the grace of God in your life?
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