Faith Walk: Grace

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The dictionary gives us this definition of grace: "unmerited divine assistance given man for his regeneration or sanctification." So grace is God’s favor. It is "unmerited and undeserved favor."

The most extraordinary expression of God's grace is Salvation.

Salvation is divine. It is the result of His grace. “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God." (Eph. 2:8)

God's grace is the source of our salvation. Salvation is a gift; it cannot be earned.

“And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.” (Ephesians 2:9)

Grace, grace, God's grace,

Grace that will pardon and cleanse within;

Grace, grace, God's grace,

Grace that is greater than all our sin!

It is grace – God’s favor – that gives us strength to live an overcoming life daily. That is the victory of the Lord in us. When Paul sought the Lord three times to deliver him from his “thorn in the flesh,” the word came back to him from God saying “My grace is sufficient for you.”

Then the Lord said to Paul “my power is made perfect in weakness.” When we are weak in our own strength, God’s grace is our power. It is when we are weakest that we are strongest by God’s grace.

Probably the most famous hymn ever written is “Amazing Grace.” The author, John Newton, spent much of his early life as a slave trader. By God’s grace he was saved and left that despicable trade.

Many questioned the use of the word “wretch” in the hymn’s first verse. Newton knew it was appropriate!

Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, That saved a wretch like me. I once was lost, but now am found, Was blind but now I see.

www.firstagcc.org. Write the Pastor at PastorBill@firstagcc.org.

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