THE LORD IS GRACIOUS

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“The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy.” (Psalm145:8)

Grace is a free gift from a loving and compassionate God. We’re saved by grace. Grace is an undeserved gift. “Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)” (Ephesians 2:5) Grace is important to the believer. Not only are we born again by God’s grace, but we continue to walk and stand by that same grace. Grace, in the Bible, is unmerited divine favor, good will and loving kindness. It is God’s love in action.

Ephesians 2:8: “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:” Grace is a gift from God and can not be earned. Christ paid the price for us and we get it freely. All we have to do is to accept it. It can not be obtained by works, but by believing what has been done for us. Because of God’s grace and love for us we love Him and do good works.

Grace is one of the most practical things to acknowledge in our lives. When we live under grace sin will no longer have dominion over us. “For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.” (Romans 6:14) What a blessing it is to claim that in our lives. We stand strong in grace. Romans 5:17 tells us we receive the abundance of grace, and the gift of righteousness. Knowing this we can face the challenges of life knowing it’s Christ in us! We can walk as more than conquerors.

Every one of the epistles begins and ends with grace. Check them out. For example Ephesians 1:2 says, “Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.” Then Ephesians 6:24 says, “Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen.”

“But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.” (Ephesians 4:7) We received Him by grace. We need to stand by that same grace and be witnesses for Him. “Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.” (II Timothy 2:1) II Peter 3:18 is a challenge we can all take. “But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.”

We need to show grace to one another. In Acts 4 the apostles did just that. “And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all. Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold, And laid them down at the apostles’ feet: and distribution was made unto every man according as he had need.” (Acts 4:33-35)

As we recognize God’s grace in our lives we can stay faithful to God and His Word. “Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats . . .” (Hebrews 13:9)

Remember when we live under grace sin has no more dominion over us and we are free to do good works. Walk in the freedom of God’s grace today!

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“PRAISE AND POWER” is an independent ministry of Betty Bowen 382 Catawba Ave Westerville, OH 43081. There is no charge for “Praise and Power.” It is supported by your gifts and your prayers. Our prayer is that you will be edified as you apply the principles of God’s Word in a practical way in your life. 010510

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