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Grace

“Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me…..” ….the opening words of a song that captures a little bit of what grace is…

When we get something we don’t deserve that is Grace.  We can live a new life in grace, because we are saved by the gift of Jesus’s life and His death on our behalf.  That is something that we don’t deserve, but God loved us and made a way for us to be redeemed to Him.  So we can live and be the creation He designed us to be… not in death and lifelessness because of sin, but a life we were designed for, to be a part of His Kingdom.  A life of joy and peace, serving each other, and living a life we don’t deserve, but have been graced with from our heavenly Father.

“As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Ephesians 2:1-10 NIV)

As human beings on this earth we have opportunities every day to extend grace to each other….to grace another person with something they don’t deserve, to be gracious in our words, to be gracious with our time, to be a bit of grace to those in our lives.   If we act in grace, we can set each other free to be ourselves, to see each other as God’s beloved children, and to demonstrate unending love to each other.  That must be just a glimpse of what heaven is like.

“…..The earth shall soon dissolve like snow, the sun forbear to shine, but God, who called me here below, will be forever mine, will be forever mine.”