Grace is not a blue-eyed blond – so goes the title of one book. Grace is God’s action towards humanity to free us from slavery to sin and death. It is revealed most fully in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Grace is God’s act of love and forgiveness purely because God chooses to do so. I can’t earn it or buy it or deserve it. I can only receive it and believe it. Here are some passages to remind us of God’s grace.
Lord Jesus, you revealed the heights and depths and breadth of God’s grace when you sacrificed yourself on the cross. Thanks you for grace. Help me live each day focused on your grace, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Monday – John 1:10-18
Who is the one who gave the right to become children of God to those who believed? How is he described in vs 14? Check out verses 16-17. If the law came through Moses, what did this person bring? From the beginning this was Jesus’ purpose – to bring you grace. How does this change your day?
Tuesday – Ephesians 2:1-10
We were dead in our sins, but the good news is that we are saved by what? Who reveals this to us? If we can’t brag about how good we are, how should we live? And what is the purpose for God’s gift – see verse 10? Is that on your “to-do” list today?
Wednesday – Galatians 2:15-21
Paul was not happy with the Christians in Galatia. Some of them wanted to go back to living under the law – following a bunch of rules. But Paul knew no one can live freely under the law. Only the grace revealed through Jesus Christ can set us free. Check out vss 19-20. What matters most to Paul? What matters most to you?
Thursday – Romans 3:21-26
No one is perfect. Under the law, all of us are condemned. But God has revealed grace through Jesus Christ. He is the means by which we are free from sin and death. What does that mean for you today?
Friday – Hebrews 4:14-16
The author is writing to a Jewish audience who would have understood the meaning of Temple worship and Old Testament teachings. The High Priest was the one who offered sacrifices for the sins of the people. The author is asserting that Jesus is now the High Priest for all people for all of time. Therefore, we are invited to approach the throne and receive grace. How do you need grace today?
Saturday – Titus 3:4-7
Paul is writing to Titus, a young pastor, reminding him of the core of the gospel message. What is it in this passage? Who initiated it? Who revealed it? To whom is it given? And what is the promise? How does this make your day a little better? A lot better?