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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Overflowing Grace

Thank God for this gift too wonderful for words! —2 Corinthians 9:15 NLT

This gift of His overflowing grace—this gift which never is stagnant, but pulsates, and forgives, and brings new life to stony hearts—flows through us. His grace is not meant just for us. It is for every broken heart that beats. It is for each life that needs new meaning and purpose. Yet how often do we keep His grace to ourselves?  How often do we not extend the love which was extended to us?  Grace has little power to transform our lives if we don’t freely, and without restraint, pass it on. His grace cost us nothing. We didn’t have to earn it, but how often do we expect others to pay for what they have done?  Even though His grace is free for us, it wasn’t free for Jesus. It cost His life. He paid the ransom for our freedom.

We may speak His grace, but if our cold hearts don’t beat with it, and our bitter lives aren’t changed by it—then how real is His grace in us?  Are we really transformed—new and free in His forgiveness?  Has the grace of Calvary really made a difference? Paul speaks of the generosity of believers in today’s Scripture, and the result of their unrestrained giving. Those, who have been the recipients of their loving forgiveness and grace, shall, in return, pray for those generous believers with deep affection.

Grace produces grace. Love produces love. And His gift overflows in the hearts of man, unstoppable and powerful, until no one remains unchanged by the overflowing tide of its message. Free of bondage—free of pain—free of judgement and bitterness, we can rejoice in His gift of grace which is too wonderful for words!

© 2017 Lynn Lacher

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