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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Thursday, December 7, 2017
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Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, which as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Author unknown)
Today’s scripture reading:
God showered His kindness on us—this is also called God’s “grace.” This is his voluntary and loving favor given to those he saves. We can’t earn salvation, nor do we deserve it. No religious, intellectual, or moral effort can gain it, because it comes only from God’s mercy and love. Without God’s grace no person can be saved. To receive it, we must acknowledge that we cannot save ourselves, that only God can save us, and that our only way to receive this loving favor is through faith in Christ. (NLT)
Ephesians 1:3-7 – How we praise God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we belong to Christ. Long ago, even before he made the world, God loves us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. His unchanging plan has always been to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. And this gave him great pleasure.
So we praise God for the wonderful kindness he has poured out on us because we belong to his dearly loved Son. He is so rich in kindness that he purchased our freedom through the blood of his Son, and our sins are forgiven. He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding.
In [Jesus Christ] we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace. –Ephesians 1:7 (NIV)
Belle Todd (Texas) titled her story “TRUE GRACE;” here is a portion of Belle’s story:
“As Christmas approaches I find myself grappling with grace again. For years I have sought to understand the true concept of grace. I love the sound of it – I long to embrace it – but I struggle to fully understand it. . . .
“When I was a new Christian, I hoped that I would be a perfect woman of God by the time I reached my current age. Instead I sense my weaknesses acutely and am more dependent on God’s forgiveness than ever. I wonder if I misunderstood God’s expectations for my life as a Christian. Over time I have realized that I don’t have to be perfect to fully receive the love of Christ and find rest in him.
“I am finally making peace with my inadequacies. I have realized that none of us will get it right every time. We can simply remember that we belong to the One who does. This is the true grace that was born at Christmas.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Through God’s grace, I can live life abundantly.
Prayer: Thank you, God, for sending your son to take away our sins and for freeing us to live abundantly with you. Amen.
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