4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us,
5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ-by grace you have been saved- - Ephesians 2:4-5
We are so dead in our trespasses and sins we are only vaguely aware of our guilt before God—guilt that requires His mercy. We try to avoid our guilt by looking at others as worse sinners than we are. But, comparing ourselves to anything or anyone other than God and His standards produces a false result. When it comes to measuring up to God’s expectations, the Bible is very clear: “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). We’re all dead because we’ve all sinned.
But God is rich in mercy—and His mercy flows out of the great love with which he loved us. This divine mercy is personal, intimate, and completely unexpected. God is merciful out of His abundant stores, and lovingly pours mercy over our lives. Every heartbeat, every breath, every hour you have is not only a gracious gift from God, it also reminds you that God has mercifully kept death at bay. Mercy withholds judgment long enough for grace to take effect.
I cannot boast except in what He has done in my life, the sacrifice He made so that I may live becomes overwhelming to me when I meditate on it, and the fact the He continually is patient in His refining of me. Who would do that for me? Praises that we worship such an amazing God.
Press on ~ you are loved 💗
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