Tag Archive | wonderful grace

II Thessalonians 2: 16-17 ” May our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, Who loved us and by His grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.”

The Lord would like you to know that you are loved.  You are valued and precious in His sight.  Regardless of where you come from…how notorious your background may be, or how far you’ve walked away from Him…Jesus loves you.  You may say to yourself, “No one can love me…I’m too bad of a person.”  But you don’t know the Lord, and if you would just take a peek into His Word,  you’d see that all of Scripture is a love letter to you.  It’s written just for you,  to encourage and exhort…to strengthen and establish and allow you to become the very best person you can be.  By His wonderful grace – God’s loving kindness towards you –  there is the forgiveness of sins and reconciliation back to your Heavenly Father.  There’s no need to walk out this life alone with feelings of isolation and loneliness…Jesus loves you,  just as you are, right where you are today.

Romans 5: 1-2 ” Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand.”

Do you know where you’ll go when you die?  If you’re a Believer, do you have the trust to confidently state, “Yes, I’m going to heaven.”  Or do you stand there today just hoping you’ll make it?  This verse should then refute that gnawing uncertainty in your mind once and for all. For when we put our faith and trust in Jesus Christ, we are reconciled and placed in right standing with God.  And the peace brought about by this reconciliation to our Heavenly Father overshadows any doubt or fear our minds may have.  So stand now in faith and righteousness through Jesus Christ our Lord and be assured of your eternal life.

II Corinthians 12:9 ” But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.’ “

The Apostle Paul was given a thorn in his flesh…some chronic, painful condition that plagued him continually.  And even though he had  prayed three times for the Lord to take it – it remained.  This was the same Paul who preformed extraordinary miracles, (Acts 19:11)…cast out evil spirits, (Acts 16:18)…and raised people from the dead, (Acts 20:10).  But the prayers of his own healing went unanswered.  Now many of us would react very badly if we had a great Ministry but were unable to be healed personally of some very visible disease.  But Paul didn’t allow it to make him bitter, or doubt his worth.  Rather, he looked at it from the viewpoint of his dependence on the Lord and his need for humility.  For he writes in Philippians 4:13, “I can do everything through Him Who gives me strength.”  Paul gained his strength through his weakness…for God in His infinite wisdom gave Paul what he needed, not what he wanted.

II Corinthians 6:2 ” For He says, ‘In the time of My favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.’ I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.”

Isaiah echoes this verse in Chapter 49, verses 8 and 9, “This is what the Lord says: ‘In the time of My favor I will answer you, and in the day of salvation I will help you; I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people, to restore the land and to reassign its desolate inheritances, to say to the captives, ‘Come out,’ and to those in darkness, ‘Be free!’ ”  Today the Lord is extending His favor towards you…offering His grace and kindness in order to deliver your soul from the guilt and punishment of sin.  He’s uncovering and revealing to you the sin in your life…He’s shedding light upon your spiritual blindness and beckoning  you to come out of the darkness and be free.

Ephesians 2:8-9 ” For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.”

It is simply by God’s unearned and unmerited favor that we have the chance to be saved.  It’s by His absolute free expression of His loving kindness towards us that we may come into a right relationship with Him through His Son Jesus Christ.  This divine gift…the gift of eternal life is not to be taken lightly, or with a casualness that doesn’t fully take into account the terrible price Jesus Christ paid for our freedom.  The gift of salvation can not be bought with a price…for what Jesus did for mankind was priceless.

II Peter 3:18 ” But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”

But grow in grace and knowledge…what does that exactly mean to you?  Is your life a shining example of Christ’s love within?  Do you exhibit the same virtues and excellence you have on Sunday at Church as in the Board Room on Monday?  Does the holiness you strive for follow you everywhere, or just to certain places?  Growing in grace and knowledge of our Lord is a process…hopefully, an ongoing, ever-growing process…so that when people look at you…they just see Jesus.

Acts 6:14 “For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace.”

We have been set free from the heavy yoke of the ceremonial observances of the Mosaic Law…so by not being subject to the Law any longer, it means we will not be judged by the Law and it’s impossible tenets either. For by the blood of Jesus, we have been set free from sin and the Law, and declared righteous by His unearned and unmerited favor… and that wonderful grace of His abounds for all.