TODAY'S WORD FOR Monday, December 11, 2017:
Mercy; clemency and pardon; freely given unmerited favor; God’s free and unmerited favor to sinful humanity.
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. Ephesians 2:8-9.
Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning, great is Your faithfulness. The Lord is my portion, therefore I hope in Him. The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul that seeks Him. Lamentations 3:22-25.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Most people have trouble giving a good definition of grace from a biblical perspective. This is because they do not understand that true grace from a biblical perspective is the clemency and pardon that God offers us to save us from our sins. It is given freely to us even though it is unmerited; if we will admit that we are sinners. Simply stated, grace is God’s unmerited favor. God sent His Son to die on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins and we can be saved from our sinful nature by GOD’S GRACE!
There is no sin that God by His grace has not forgiven. In church we have often sung the song, “Grace, grace, God’s grace, grace that is greater than all our sins.” This says it all.
Salvation is given to us by grace, because God loves us, and not by any works that we may do. There is absolutely nothing we can do to earn our salvation. It is God’s gift to us.
There is a wonderful example of God’s grace given us in John 5:1-18. This is an account of a sick man at the pool of Bethesda near the Sheep Gate in Jerusalem. Hundreds of sick people, blind, crippled, and paralyzed sat and lay by this pool because they thought that when the water stirred, the first sick person that got in the pool would be healed.
One man had been an invalid and was by this pool for 38 years. When Jesus saw this man by the pool, and He knew how long he had been lying by the pool, He said to him, “Do you want to get well?” The man responded saying that when the water is stirred I do not have anyone to put me in the pool and by the time I get in, somebody else is already in the pool.
Jesus responded and said, “Get up, take your bedroll and start walking.” The man was healed on the spot. He picked up his bedroll and walked away.
Usually Jesus healed people in response to faith. In this case the man did not know who Jesus was nor did he ask Jesus for help. He was trusting the water to heal him. His healing was unmerited but because Jesus saw the need he had, Jesus had mercy on him and he was healed by grace. Later Jesus saw him walking in the temple and said to him.” See, you are well again, Stop sinning.” The man only saw his physical need but God saw his need to be spiritually healed. To be spiritually healed he had to turn away from sin. God not only healed him physically but gave him, by grace, forgiveness for his sins and eternal life.
Our memory verse for this week is found in John 8:32.
And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
Thank You that You have saved me by Your grace. Help me to see the spiritual need of those who do not know You and enable me to share Your message of love and saving grace.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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