For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God Ephesians 2:8
Today, family and friends gathered to celebrate the life of my brother Joe. My heart rejoices in knowing he accepted the gift of salvation. Because with that gift he is home with Jesus and one day I will see him again. When we lose those we love, this is the greatest hope and comfort we can hold on to.
Our salvation required Jesus to do something that He despised (Hebrews 12:2) and even asked the Father to allow Him to avoid, if possible (Matthew 26:39). Our salvation required Jesus to leave heaven, put on the very flesh that God had created, live a difficult life of constant temptation, suffer and die the most horrific death, endure the breaking of His eternal fellowship with His Father, and then conquer death, hell and the grave through rising again.
Why did He go through all of this to save us? Because God loves us. And His love goes beyond anything we could ever think or imagine. He did not save us just to keep us out of hell. I know for a long time I just wanted to stay out of hell and that is what I thought salvation was all about.
In reality, it is so much more. God gives the gift of salvation because He wants to be in relationship with you forever, a relationship where He will continue to pour out His love and kindness to you.
The wages of sin is death, but Jesus came to bring life. Full life. Make us whole. Break the chains wrapped around our hearts and set us free. God’s amazing grace does that for us.
For a long time I put God in a box. Thinking and seeing myself as someone God would not find worthy of His love and grace. I thought with all I had done wrong there was no hope for me. I would never be good enough for God to save me. But then God’s love and grace found my heart and changed everything for me.
My heart now holds God’s gift of salvation. Knowing His love endures forever. His mercies are new every morning. His grace is never ending. He is the great and powerful Lord God Almighty who gave His life for me and for you.
God’s grace did not stop with forgiveness. His grace will continue to be poured out on you forever!
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
Is there anything keeping you from accepting God’s free gift of salvation right now?
If you would like to receive God’s gift of salvation you can say something like this:
Lord Jesus, today I receive your gift of salvation. I admit I am a sinner. I have lived my life for myself only. I am sorry, and I repent. I ask you to forgive me.
I believe that you died on the cross for me and rose again, to save me. You did what I could not do for myself. I come to you now and ask you to take control of my life; I give it to you. From this day forward, help me to live every day for you and in a way that pleases you.
I love you, Lord, and thank you that I will spend eternity with you.
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Cheryl Crawford is a daughter of the Most High King, saved by grace. Her degree and field of work are in accounting, but would trade it all to farm if she could. She enjoys reading, writing, gardening, SEC football and playing cards with friends. Cheryl is a natural organizer with a heart that loves to serve. You can read more about Cheryl on her BoP bio.