THEME: GRACE OF GOD
“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.”
-Grace is the unmerited favor of God, His undeserved loving kindness that He shows through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ for the sins of the world. When we were still sinners, Christ died on the cross for our sins. When we deserved punishment, God sent His Son to be punished for our sake. When we deserved death for our sins, Christ became sin so that we may have life and life everlasting. When we know that we don’t deserve anything good, Jesus Christ gave us His grace. We should not then continue to sin because the grace of God abounds in us for we are dead to sin and alive in Him. Jesus our great High Priest became a sin offering, died once for all and does not need to offer a sacrifice daily, first for himself like the Old Testament priests, then for the sins of the people (Hebrews 7:27). Jesus knew no sin and in Him there was no sin, but became sin so that we may become the righteousness of God. He has justified us by His grace and set us forth as a propitiation by His blood that we may become righteous through faith in Him. In the Songs of Solomon 4:7 we read that, “You are altogether beautiful, my darling; there is no flaw in you”. The lover there is our Lord Jesus who makes us beautiful and sees no spot nor spectacle in us. This does not mean that there is no wrong in us, for all have sinned but He sees no wrong in us since He already died for our sins. From Hebrews 8:12 we read that,“For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.” It is through faith that we are justified, clinging to God’s grace, and hold Him to His promise of salvation. There is no condemnation then for those who are of faith in Christ Jesus for we have sure hope of eternal life with Him.
Thank You Abba Father for this day that You have made, we rejoice and are glad in it. Thank You for the gift of life and the rains that You have provided in our land, help us to bear much fruit. Be with us today and the whole of this week that Your presence may go before us and accomplish all that You desire us to achieve. Thank You Jesus for You became sin so that we may have life and life everlasting. Thank You for Your saving grace upon our lives, families, churches, nation, Africa, Israel and the whole world. Every good and perfect gift come from above, coming down from You Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows, thank You for Your gift of grace. Thank You for giving us the faith in Abraham that we may have an eternal inheritance in You. Remember all those who do not know You that they may come to faith in You. Be with all those who are sick and suffering that You may become their ever present help in times of need. Deliver us Lord from corruption and poor leadership for we belong to You. Remember all the orphans, widows and those who live in the street that Your grace may always be with them. Deliver us from condemnation for we are in You Jesus. Grant us the grace to forgive those who offend us and forgive our trespasses too. Thank you for loving us, forgiving us and forgetting our sins and lawless deeds. Thank You Jesus for setting us free indeed. Only You deserve all glory, adoration, praise and worship, we exult Your holy name now and forever. 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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