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!) —Ephesians 2:4-5 (NLT)
I was poor, but He was rich in mercy. The judgment for my sin was death, but Jesus loved me so much, He gave His life so I might have a new one. God’s grace is why I am saved from the expectations of the old life. I am free, because He chose not to be. He chose my sin and death for my freedom. He paid the price I had no way to pay. Because of His rich mercy and His amazing grace, I am forgiven. I am free.
Many view a relationship with Jesus as one of struggling to be good enough. They see a relationship with Him as very restricting, when, in fact, the opposite is true. It is spiritually liberating and fulfilling. When you die to self, you live in Him—what was once poor in your life becomes rich because of His mercy and grace at Calvary.
Sin is that oppression which keeps you from a relationship with Him. It stands in the way of your freedom and joyful fulfillment in life. He waits for you to come to Him, and let Him have it. His grace has paid for it, and when you give it to Him, it is gone. You are free.
“God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him,” Jesus said, “for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs” (Matthew 5:3, NLT). Are you poor enough to realize how much you need Him? The riches of Kingdom of God are just waiting—His love is just calling—His heart is just reaching. What do you have to lose? Only yourself to know the greatest gift of His love. It is when you lose yourself in Him, you find the riches of His mercy.
© 2018 Lynn Lacher
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