The truth is. God loves me. The truth is. God loves you. While you were yet a sinner, Christ died for you. God, the Father, gave up His only Son for you. Jesus gave up heaven to come to earth, to take on a body for the rest of eternity, just so he could be with us, to be with you. Our only calling is to love Him. That may look like obedience, like sacrifice, but it’s really a display of overwhelming love for a God who loves us in overwhelming ways, doing things we couldn’t even possibly ask for or imagine, like choosing us to be His and dying for us before we were even born, before we ever said a prayer, before we ever did a kind or good deed. He chose to love you. He chose to love me.
We are saved by grace, not by our own effort. It does not come from ourselves. Our salvation is a gift from God. The word saved in this verse is a Greek word that embraces all of Jesus’ kingdom work: saving, healing, delivering, protecting, making whole. We aren’t required to heal ourselves, to deliver ourselves, to save ourselves. We are required to have faith and allow God to do His job in and through us.
Evidence of Grace
What evidence of grace is there in your life? A changed heart, a provision, joy in difficult circumstances, peace when others fear, being the friend who shows up at the right time and says the right thing, a loving relationship with your spouse. God’s grace is sufficient for all our needs. It can bring about all these things and more.
Be filled with the glory of God so that His light shines and His grace in your life is evident.
You don’t have to react. You are free in Christ. You are free from bondage. You are free from having to do anything except God’s will. It’s a lie that you can’t help it, that you can’t change. His grace is sufficient, not lacking in any way.