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"I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know Him better." Ephesians 1:17 (NIV)

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Monday, October 1, 2012

Ephesians 2:8,9

"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God--not by works, so that no one can boast." NIV

"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God; Not of works, lest any man should boast." KJV

In our world, we work to make money so we can pay our bills and buy things we need and want. There are some things that money just can't buy. The greatest of those things is salvation through Jesus Christ. This cannot be earned in any way nor can we be good enough to received it based on our good morals and beliefs. Salvation is a gift paid for by Christ's giving of Himself on the cross for our sins so that we would not have to pay the price ourselves. This free gift is for everyone who recognizes their need to be set free from being separated from God. If we could receive eternal life based on our own efforts, we would be able to brag to others that we had worked our way to salvation and they haven't. Because of God's unending grace, no one can take pride in earning their salvation. We can only rejoice that our God loved us so much that He gave us this precious free gift through our faith, believing.

Heavenly Father, how we praise You and thank You for the free gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ's blood shed on the cross. We thank You that we don't have to work for it or earn it, because we would never be able to pay off the debt of sin we owe. Give us boldness to share this good news with those around us so that they, too, can accept this free gift of salvation. In Jesus Christ our Saviour's name, Amen.

Daily Grace

Bobbi Craigmyle, Psy.D., BCPCC
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