October 9 The Riches of God’s Grace

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 1:3–12

Key Verse: Ephesians 1:7

In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.

When God bought your salvation, He spared no expense. He provided the costly blood of Christ to purchase your eternal life. Why is it, then, that some believers spend their lives trying to earn what God has already paid for?

Abraham Lincoln surmised that it is because believers fail to recall God’s great grace. Lincoln wrote, “We have forgotten the gracious hand which has preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us, and have vainly imagined in the deceitfulness of our hearts that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own.”

If believers imagine they have earned salvation through virtue, then when virtue is lacking, they believe they have lost the blessing. However, salvation was never based on human acts of piety. Salvation has its foundation in the sacrificial grace of Christ. His grace covers your sin. It was a great penalty to pay, but Jesus deemed that your salvation was worth the price.

Accept the riches of His grace and invest your life in thankfulness to Him.

Your grace covers my sin. Thank You, Lord! I am so glad You deemed my salvation worth the price.[1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 296). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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