“But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.”
-Favor and grace have been used in the same scripture to describe Gods’ divine purposes for us. Humility comes before honor. God grants us undeserving favor as we humble ourselves before Him and He lifts us up. Christ has freely given us the gift of salvation that we are no longer slaves to sin but slaves to God. We are called to flee from the devil and he will flee from us, to draw nearer to God and He will draw nearer to us; and show us His merciful love. To be reunited with Him through humility and repentance for Gods’ Grace is sufficient for us all. Let us not loose hope; as we wait upon the Lord despite our shortcomings; for He will lift us up and show us His salvation through His great love for us.
Our Father who at in heaven; hallowed be Your name; Your Kingdom come; Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptations but deliver us from evil; for thine is the Kingdom the power and the glory; forever and ever. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us now and forever more. Amen
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