Text: “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”. Ephesians 2:8-9 (NIV)
Grace! What does this word mean to us, as Christians? I believe this word and what it truly means has challenged me to reflect on what God has done me and what God expects from me in my daily walk with others. You see, grace is an unmerited favor. God extends love to us in our depravity, when we do not deserve it. Remember “Christ died for us while we were still sinners” (see Romans 5:8).
As followers of Christ, I do believe that “Grace” should guide our very existence on this earth. We cannot claim to be something we are not or can we claim to have accomplish everything by our own means. Our very existence and all we have are gifts from God. Hence, it is important that we also extend grace to others. This may seem very difficult but with God all things are possible. Christ came to die so that we might be saved and become vessels of God’s love to those we like and even dislike. The grace of God gives us a powerful reason for us to forgive, to be thankful, to be content and to live peaceably with all.
I pray that as we prepare to celebrate again the death and resurrection of Christ our Lord, we may be reminded to reflect on the reason for our salvation and assurance of eternal life. May we truly reflect Christ and draw many to the loving arms of our God. Amen!
Reflection: Who do you need to extend grace to?
Reading: Ephesians 2:1-10
Submitted by: Angela Obeng
New Life International UMC