God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.

Ephesians 2:8-9 (NLT)

Growing up, I didn’t fully understand the nature of God’s grace. (Honestly, I still don’t.) I thought my sin was just disobeying my parents or sneaking cookies at night, but sin is so much more.

I’ve come to believe that I am a fallen man. Sinful by nature and following the desires and inclinations of a sinful heart. I’m not saying that I’m evil, but I’m certainly not holy like God. I am separated from him because of my sin, and I can never live up to his holiness.

Eventually, I came to understand that God is rich in mercy. He loves me so much that, even though I’m separated and dead to him in sin, he gave me life when he raised Christ from the dead! I am united with Christ in his death and resurrection and am made right with God. When I believed this truth, I was saved by his grace. I can’t claim to have done anything worth saving. I can’t brag about my standing with God; it’s his gift to me.

God points to me as an example of his grace and kindness. He claims me as his masterpiece. He has made me new in Jesus Christ so that I can do the good things he has planned.

Grace is amazing.

May you know God’s rich mercy.
May you trust in God’s gift of Jesus.
May you believe in God’s grace for salvation.

Ken Hanna

P.S. – Read Ephesians 2 for a less personalized paraphrase

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