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Friday, March 15, 2019
You Hear This Phrase Every Sunday, but You Probably Don't Understand It

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The old hymn "Amazing Grace" is a familiar church song for many, but I wonder if we really know how amazing God's grace actually is. It's such a common term in church or other religious settings that we can easily forget the value of grace in our lives.

Ephesians 2:8-9b (ESV) clearly reveals that we are saved—forgiven of our sins and granted eternal life—by grace through faith in Christ. "And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast."

This saving grace is a gift—not something we can earn, purchase or deserve. That in itself is amazing.

Also, Romans 5:8-10 says, "But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life."

Think about what these verses are saying. While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Amazing! While we were enemies—before we even knew we needed Him or wanted His sacrifice on our behalf—Jesus willingly laid down His life for us so we could be reconciled to God and have a personal relationship with Him. Amazing!

Notice that verse 9 says "we have now been justified by his blood. read more
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