Lady V’s Devotional Episode
Ephesians 2:4-7 (NLT) says;
But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!) For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus.
So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of his grace and kindness toward us, as shown in all he has done for us who are united with Christ Jesus.
When we were born, we didn’t get to choose what family we were born into. Some were born into loving families, while others were not. Some were abandoned, while others were received as cherished gifts.
Even so, one thing every family has in common is that we all have sinned and fallen short. And sin causes destruction in our lives.
But look at how good God is—
God, in all His mercy and grace, foreknew that none of us were perfect thus, we ALL needed a SAVIOR!
You see, our imperfections didn’t stop God from loving us and wanting us to belong in HIS eternal family. He didn’t want us separated from Him. He wanted us closer.
God devised a plan of salvation that would cleanse us of our sin, unite us to Him forever through His Son, Jesus, and place us in the Family of God. Now that’s love!
John 3:16 says, “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.(NLT)”
Salvation is a free gift. Only believe! Jesus IS the SAVIOR and there is none like HIM! Only believe!
God has offered us Salvation and a family with Him through His Son, Jesus Christ. Without a doubt, no one will be abandoned. In fact, everyone that believes in Him is forgiven, and we are unconditionally loved by God. WE are cherished and united with Christ forever!
His grace and mercy abound in our lives, and His love heals every wound. We didn’t deserve to be in the family of God, we couldn’t earn salvation, and we can’t work off our sin debt, nor pay our way in. Jesus paid the cost for our sins on the Cross! There is only one way to be saved. Salvation comes through Jesus ONLY!
Although many may not accept the call to salvation, many have already received Jesus. We were drawn, called, and chosen.
Thus anyone that has received the gracious gift of salvation through Jesus chose to be united with Him. We are seated with Him as a joint heir in the heavenly realms.
Our identity now says, “I belong to Jesus!” No longer are we living as slaves to our sinful nature. Now, we are alive with Jesus Christ. We are united with Jesus! We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus! It is a gift from God! That’s LOVE!
Beloved, you, me, WE are cherished by God. God loves us! So when life gets tough, remember who you are IN CHRIST! We are a part of a heavenly family in which we are united with KING JESUS! WE are not alone!
We were saved by His grace and we are ONE with Christ Jesus!
So as we witness the gospel of Jesus to other generations, let’s sow a seed of God’s love and kindness. Let’s reveal grace—for grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. (John 1:17, ASV)
Thank you for loving us! We give you all the glory, all honor and all the praise. YOU are all we’ve ever needed. You are our supply! Thank you for seeing that we needed a Savior. Thank you for sending your Son, Jesus, to take our place and die for our sins.
Thank you that when YOU raised Jesus from the dead, you raised us with Him. And now, because we believe in Jesus, we are united with Jesus! Thank you that someday soon we will see Jesus coming on a cloud in glory. Our KING will arrive! Hallelujah!
Father God, until that glorious day of the LORD comes, we’ll be looking up for Jesus. Help us to cherish everyone as you love us. And help us to share Jesus with others as we speak with all clarity and show much grace, In Jesus great name, Amen.
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