Easter Week 2017 - God Loves You

“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.” 2 Corinthians 8:9 NIV

Grace is one of the most instrumental parts of the gospel, and arguably one of the most beautiful. For without grace we are nothing and it is by grace that we have been saved; so essentially everything God did for us, is out of grace, out of his love for us. 

 Grace...it finds us wherever we are. 

Grace...it finds us wherever we are. 

Traditionally, grace means giving someone favor where it is not deserved. In the Bible, Grace is the love that God gives to us although no one deserves it because, at one point or another, we have all sinned against him. Grace is so important because through it, not only do we receive God’s love, we are also able to have a relationship with Him here on earth and in heaven. 

To live as if you can work your way to God’s heart or kingdom is to live as if you did not need Christ to die. The best thing about grace is that it is a gift. To receive the grace of God, you need only to accept it because it has already been given. It is through what Christ did in his life, death and resurrection that one is able to accept this gift. In the same vein, there is also nothing you can do to earn the grace of God, and there is nothing you can do to change the fact that he has already given you grace. This is seen on the cross. When Jesus is about to die, he has already willingly endured the most painful death possible. When his wrists are aching because they have been nailed to the cross, when he has to choose to rise up on the nail piercing his feet in order to lift up his chest to speak, and as the splinters dig into his back, he uses this breath to say that he cares for the criminal next to him. This is what He says, "Today you will be with me in paradise." 

My point being is that God loves you. He loves you no matter what you have done, and no matter what you will do... This is the Grace of God. 

 

This Grace…is for you.