Eloise 10:00-2:00pm

Thank God for his gift of grace

'Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase?' Romans 6:1 NIV

Having God's grace doesn't mean that we can act how we want because we'll be let off by God anyway. The Bible says: 'Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer' (Romans 6:1-2 NIV)? God's grace is a gift that has saved us. He loves us so much that he wanted to forgive us, ensure we have eternal life and restore our relationship with him forever. This gift is... a gift! We don't have to earn it, and we definitely shouldn't abuse it.

When we understand what we've been saved from, and how much love God has for us, how can we continue living the wrong way? A true understanding of grace produces godliness (goodness). The Bible says that God's grace 'teaches us to live in the present age in a wise and right way and in a way that shows we serve God' (Titus 2:11-12 NCV). In Luke 7, a woman with a bad past came to Jesus. She anointed him with perfume and washed his feet with her tears. When Simon protested, Jesus explained how someone who had been forgiven a lot would be more grateful than someone who had been forgiven a little.

When we understand how big a gift God's grace and forgiveness is, we'll be pouring out praise and gratitude rather than continuing to live ungodly lives.

So what now? Spend some time praising and thanking God for his gift of grace.

Soulfood: Isa 12-16, Matt 10:21-31, Ps 104:24-35, Pro 3:11-12

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