Monday 29th May 2017 - Daily Reading:
Romans 5 - Grace by Karen Cowling

Grace, what is grace? I once heard it said that grace is Godís Riches at Christís Expense! I think that is one of the most accurate ways to simply describe grace. We all need grace, and it is through Jesus Christ that God gives us His grace, the grace that is there to lift us up to Himself, the grace that saves us from the wrath we deserve!

In Romans 5 Paul talks about how grace brings us peace and hope, how it brings us life and makes us righteous in Gods eyes. Verse 2 says about Jesus: Ďthrough whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God.í

Our faith in Jesus and what he did for us when he died on the cross is what gives us access to Godís grace, and as a result of it we stand now in the glory of God. It is nothing we could have achieved on our own merit, we are sinful and the things we do, even the good things, in our own effort will never bring us to the place that Godís gift of grace does. Paul emphasises this to the church in Ephesus when in Ephesians 2:8-9 he says: For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith Ė and this is not from yourselves, it is a gift of God Ė not by works, so that no one can boast.

Godís grace is not just a nice one-off gift either. It is constant, it is abounding and it is all sufficient. Grace increased as sin increased so that the blood of Jesus can cover many sins. In this dark world we need to remember that God has given us grace, he offers this grace to those who will turn to him and put their faith in Jesus. This is a gift we should not be keeping to ourselves but passing on to those around us.

Today I urge you to share Godís grace with someone you know, tell them of his gift of grace and what it has done for you. Also thank God for this wonderful gift.

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