Alright – the intro verse is a long one, but take a moment to drink it in. It’s worth it ?
But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; (Ephesians 2:4-8 NASB)
I love how this passage starts out saying, “but God…” That sums up this whole post!
I read through this scripture passage with a dear friend yesterday. We were praying earnestly for the Lord to bring transformation into some loved ones’ lives.
I was struck by how clearly this passage declares that every glorious aspect of our life in Christ hinges on the mercy, kindness and grace of God.
Yet, I wonder how often we truly apply this truth to ALL of our circumstances, ALL the people we are praying for, and ALL of our thought-life.
Jesus always had this passage’s point of view in His earthly ministry.
What would our personal world look like if we really prayed from the secure standpoint of these truths?
What if we really believed that God is FULL of mercy, grace and lovingkindness all the time?
And what if we realized He views everyone and everything through this lens all the time; never seeing anything in life as hopeless for a moment?
No wonder Paul says, “we recognize no one according to the flesh,” – it’s a waste of time! (2 Cor 5:16)
Beyond that, what if when faced with any dire situation, challenging circumstance, or hope-deflating discouragement, we replied triumphantly: “But God!!!!”
In other words, beloved, GOD’S KINDNESS AND GRACE IS ENOUGH FOR EVERY SITUATION, PERSON, AND NEED! Embrace this promise with a laugh and a smile, and rejoice!!
Living by this truth might make for an extraordinary life, huh?
Much love brothers and sisters!
Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us eternal comfort and good hope by grace, comfort and strengthen your hearts in every good work and word! (2 Thes 2:16-17 NASB)