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The Grace in Which We Stand

December 12, 2017

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The Grace in Which We Stand

The grace of God  is His love  for us  that helps us in our every need  —  even before we realize  we have a need.     When we realize God’s love  for us  and accept it  in our heart,  a living relationship begins  to grow  between God and us.     This relationship grows  and becomes stronger  as we continue  to walk  with our Savior  day by day.     It is a relationship  of the peace  of being close  to the heart  of our heavenly Father  —  where we belong.

Our relationship  with our Lord  is a result  of faith.     God’s love  —  His grace  —  is extended to everyone,  but not everyone wants  the Savior  for their friend.     So,  those who spurn God’s love  and grace  cannot develop a relationship  with the LORD.    It’s simply because  they don’t want to.

Many reject a relationship  with God  because they don’t want  to live according  to the love  of God.     They prefer  the muck and mire  of their sin,  even though they know  its end results.     All this because  they lack an understanding  of the meaning of God’s love.

God’s love  is not a strict obedience  to all sorts  of harsh rules  and regulations.     It is a mutual love  that joyfully expresses itself  in all goodness,  kindness,   pureness,  forgiveness,  patience,  faithfulness,  and things like these.

Even though the Lord  is often rejected,  the love of God continues  to offer everyone  the free gift  of salvation  in Christ Jesus,  because our Lord’s love  is that faithful.     So,  when a person does finally desire  to turn to God,  our Savior will accept them  with joy  and grace  —  willingly forgiving  their every sin.

And so,  Romans 5:1-2 says,

Therefore  having been justified  by faith,  we have peace  with God  through our Lord Jesus Christ,  through whom also  we have obtained  our introduction  by faith  into this grace  in which we stand;  and we exult  in hope  of the glory  of God.

As we live  in the grace  of God,  we rejoice  in the peace  and tranquility  of knowing  that all is well  in our heart.     And so we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  by Your grace,  You have set us free  to be all  that we can be.”

Love,
Margaret

 P.S.    The old log building  in the picture  was built by my Father,  probably in the early 1930’s,  as an ice house.    It was in the days  before refrigerators  were common.    It stored  thick blocks  of ice  from a nearby lake.    The ice blocks  were packed  in sawdust  and would last  the better part  of the summer.    Throughout the time  the ice was available,  it was carried  into the house  for our kitchen ice box  to keep our food cool.      When this log ice house  became empty,  our Dad would put a little table  and chairs in there  for us  to play house with.    We had apple box cupboards  to store our toy dishes  and another apple box  for a pretend stove.     Many hours of fun  were spent  in this emptied ice house.

 

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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