April 24, 2017

Today you should read: Romans 4

The Gift of Grace

Grace is so difficult for us to understand as humans.  Because of our pride, we want to earn our own way – even when we can’t.  Salvation is completely an act of God’s grace.  We did nothing for it.  We cannot earn it.  It is given to us by God, simply because He is gracious.

The passage we read yesterday showed us that all of us our sinners.  There’s no one that is righteous in their standing before God.  Jesus paid for our sin and gave us a new standing before Him.

We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are. For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God freely and graciously declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins.  Romans 3:22-24

In chapter four, Paul makes this personal by showing us some examples.  He starts with Abraham, the father of the Jewish nation.  Was his standing before God because of the things he did? No!  Then he refers to David – the well-known king who wrote about grace in Psalm 32.

Stop and thank God for the gift of His grace in your life.  You didn’t and can’t earn it.  It came through the work of Jesus on the cross for us.

He was handed over to die because of our sins, and he was raised to life to make us right with God.  Romans 4:25

  • How do you abuse the grace given to you by God in your life?
  • What is one clear way you can live today that shows you’re thankful for grace?
  • Who can you tell about grace today?

By: Tim Parsons — Lead Pastor

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Author: cpclexington

Lexington & Richmond KY

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