God is so rich in mercy, and He loved us so much,
that even though we were dead because of our sins,
He gave us life when He raised Christ from the dead.
(It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!)
For He raised us from the dead along with Christ
and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms
because we are united with Christ Jesus.
– Ephesians 2:4-6 (NLT)
God’s mercy is the greatest expression of His love
because it shows how totally gratuitous God’s love is towards us,
whereby instead of punishing us for our wrongdoings,
He forgives us and gives us life.
Christ’s sacrifice, the supreme expression of the love of God,
is stronger than death and sin.
Just as dead persons are unable to bring themselves back to life,
so those who are dead through sin cannot obtain grace, supernatural life, by their own effort.
Only Christ, by means of the Redemption, offers us that new life,
which begins with justification
and ends with resurrection and eternal happiness in heaven.
That new life – that new life of grace –
is our future resurrection and glorification with Christ in heaven.
The Redemption has already been accomplished,
and we have available to us all the grace we need for salvation.
The gates of heaven are open wide
and it is now the responsibility of every one of us
to make room for grace in our soul,
and to avail of Our Lord’s generous grace to respond to His call.
For the grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people.
And we are instructed to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures.
We should live in this evil world with wisdom, righteousness, and devotion to God,
while we look forward with hope to that wonderful day
when the glory of our great God and Saviour, Jesus Christ, will be revealed. (Titus 2:11-13)
REPETITIVE PRAYER FOR TODAY…
Lord, thank You for Your grace and mercy,
for loving me, for redeeming me and for offering me new life.
Lord, help me respond in faith and truth to Your call.