Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Thankful for Grace

Over the years, I've written a lot of posts about thankfulness. God has totally blessed me in a variety of ways! Keeping in mind thankfulness needs to be an attitude expressed every day in the life of a Christ follower, I want to end November, our month of thanksgiving, with focusing on what I believe is the greatest blessing of all, grace.

Today, I'm sharing with you words from a post from 2012. I believed it when I wrote it then, and I totally believe it now:

Bald Knob Cross, Alto Pass, IL

I am so thankful God didn't require me to earn my way to heaven, because I know me. I would have messed it up somehow.

Instead, He gave the gift of His Son for people who really didn't deserve it (me included).

I didn't come from wealth and privilege.

I'm not the offspring of celebrities.

I have messed up, time and again.

I'm not a mental genius, but I'm smart enough to recognize a wonderful deal when I see one.

Ephesians 2:4-6 (HCSB) But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love that He had for us, made us alive with the Messiah even though we were dead in trespasses. You are saved by grace! Together with Christ Jesus He also raised us up and seated us in the heavens,

Grace means unmerited favor. I don't deserve Christ's love and provision. By grace, I get it anyway.

What do I have to give up to receive grace? - just a life filled with mistakes leading down a wrong path. I had to give up wanting my own way.

Sounds like the deal of an eternity to me ...


I'm linking this post up with the community at The Loft. Won't you join us and read other posts of thankfulness?

I'm also linking with the community at Word of God Speak. The Word has a lot to say about grace. What say you?


Christine Malkemes said...

What a wonderful way to cap off the truth of the Gospel. We are so thankful. May we never take it for granted.

Michele Morin said...

Glad to be depending on the same grace, my friend.

Karen said...

Amen! His grace is just like the songwriter penned...AMAZING!

Beckie Lindsey said...

Amen and amen! There is no greater gift than God's gift of grace shown through His son, Jesus. This is a perfect closing to thankfulness as well as a beginning to the Christmas season!
Merry Christmas to you and yours!

betty said...

Isn't it neat that something you wrote back in 2012 is still "true" and the same after 4 years? That's because Jesus and grace is "true" and the same all the time!


Faith said...

I am VERY thankful for His mercy and grace. Thanks for sharing this again!!

Linda Stoll said...

'And grace my fears relieved ...''

Yes, yes.

Advent blessings to you, friend.

Anonymous said...

Thank the Lord for Grace! I would be lost without it for sure.