The sin of man has accumulated a spiritual debt that can never be repaid by human effort or merit. Prior to salvation, every person “walked according to the course of this world” (Ephesians 2:2). During that time, the walk of the unsaved sought to capitalize on the carnival of worldly lusts which yielded disobedience to God. Their lifestyle revolved around the fulfillment of their sinful desires. Such a lifestyle classifies one as a “children of wrath” and is indicative that an unbeliever was worthy of the wrath of God. Although the Father was betrayed by these children, He still expressed grace, mercy, and kindness through the offer of salvation (Ephesians 2:4-5). God’s character was highlighted as One who was abounding with good will toward those who were miserable and afflicted by the prince of the power of the air. God is willing and has the ability to change the nature, standing, and purpose of the born-again believer (Ephesians 1:3-10, 17-20). This ability is known as the “grace of God.” Such grace is His goodness directed toward personal debit. God personally provides merit and erases debt upon the undeserving through the gift of His Son (John 3:16). “Where sin did abound, grace did much more abound” because the grace of God, like God Himself, is boundless and sufficient to meet any need. Salvation is the beautiful expression of the “exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:7). God saves sinners according to the richness of His mercy and grace and shows His love and kindness toward them through Christ. Sinners who have been saved by grace through faith obtain a new standing before God: they are made alive, raised up, and placed in Christ.
Because people are saved by faith, they should commit to live by grace as well (Colossians 2:6). Christians should appreciate the grace of the glorious God to redeem them from a degenerate lifestyle. The unconverted experienced only the wrath of God, but the saved became recipients of grace and mercy. Those redeemed from the death of trespasses and sins have undergone a radical transformation. They have been delivered from the power of darkness through the blood of the powerful Son of God (Colossians 1:12-14; Romans 1:4, 16). As a result, Christians are testimonies of the saving grace of God that is evident through salvation. In this present time, believers should testify of the grace, mercy, and kindness of his Lord and Savior through a renewed lifestyle. Believers should strive to fulfill the two great commandments to evidence a love for God and a love for neighbors. Of course, such a renewed lifestyle is only possible with the help of the grace of God (Hebrews 12:28; I Corinthians 15:10).
My Prayer for Today:
Thank You for Your marvelous, infinite, matchless grace! Thank You for freely giving me eternal life through Your dear Son. The depth and breadth of my sin grieves me, but it cost You the life of Your Son. Though I was undeserving of Your love, I thank You and love You for loving me and giving Your Son for me. Thank You for saving me by Your grace. Help me to live by grace today. I need Your grace that I can serve You acceptably with reverence and godly fear. Help me to display the riches of your grace through a godly life. Help me to be gracious to others, especially those who I think are undeserving. I pray that my life will bring honor and glory to you today, in Jesus’ name. Amen.