Title: "God Is Love Series - Saved by Grace: A Devotional Reflection on Ephesians 2:4-5". Week 1 - Day 6

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Scripture Passage: Ephesians 2:4-5 (NKJV)

“But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved).”

Devotional:

There is great comfort in this verse and I have to draw on it every day. Some say “once saved always saved.” That doesn’t sit with me because if that were true then lets just keep sinning because after all; we are saved now right? It doesn’t make much sense to me.

We are saved by faith in Jesus Christ and that faith calls us to seek His grace and mercy every day.

 I truly believe that our entire life is a journey of character development which requires a daily debrief accompanied by a good dose of repentance. I grow that way and it works. I am a better man today than I was a week ago because seeking Jesus is a constant for me now and I feel His grace applied to me afresh every day.

In Ephesians 2:4-5, the apostle Paul beautifully articulates the essence of the Gospel message – that we are saved by the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ. These verses remind us of the profound depth of God’s mercy and love towards humanity. Despite our sinfulness and rebellion, God, in His infinite compassion, chose to extend His grace and make us alive in Christ.

The passage begins with a powerful declaration of God’s character – He is rich in mercy. Unlike human beings who may withhold forgiveness or hold grudges, God’s mercy knows no bounds. It is a mercy that surpasses our understanding, reaching out to the most undeserving and offering them the gift of salvation. God’s mercy is not dependent on our merits or achievements; it flows freely from His heart of love.

Furthermore, Paul emphasises the great love with which God loved us. This love is not a fleeting emotion but an enduring commitment that led God to send His Son, Jesus Christ, to die for our sins. Even when we were dead in our trespasses, separated from God and deserving of His wrath, God chose to intervene on our behalf. Through the death and resurrection of Jesus, we are made alive together with Him, reconciled to God and granted the gift of eternal life.

As we reflect on this passage, let us consider three questions:

  • How does the reality of being saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ impact my understanding of my identity and worth?
  • In what ways can I more fully embrace and live out the truth of God’s mercy and love in my daily life?
  • How can I share the message of God’s grace with others, inviting them to experience the transforming power of His love?

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, we thank You for Your immeasurable grace and boundless love towards us. Help us to grasp the depth of Your mercy and to live in the reality of being saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. Empower us to extend Your love and grace to those around us, that they too may come to experience the freedom and joy found in You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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