Kathy Bernard - Publisher
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that
not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works,
lest anyone should boast.” - Ephesians 2:8-9
is God's Grace? How do we receive it?
mercy, pardon and
cannot buy it, for it is God's gift freely given to all who
accept it. All the things we enjoy in this life, our families,
our homes, our friends, food to eat, and yes, even to wake each day to a
beautiful morning comes solely from the Grace He has bestowed
enter the Kingdom of Heaven through that Grace which
comes through God's Son,
Jesus Christ, our precious intercessor.
Without it, the
salvation of mankind cannot take place. It is because of that
Grace that we inherit salvation by the acceptance of His
Son, Jesus Christ.
is a story of a defiant schoolboy who stood with his back
arched, staring at his school principal defiantly. “Go ahead,
give it to me," the boy said. The principal looked down at the
young rebel. “How many times have you been sent to me for
punishment?” The child sneered and said, “Apparently not
enough.” The principal gave the boy a strange look and said,
"You have been punished before, have you not?” “Yeah, if that’s
what you want to call it.” He threw out his small chest and
said, “Go ahead, I can take whatever you dish out." The
principal said, “And no thought of punishment enters your head
when you decide to break the rules?” The boy laughed and said,
“Nope, I do whatever I want to do and you can't stop me either.”
The principal looked
at the teacher who stood nearby. “What did he do this time?”
The teacher replied, “He took little Tommy and shoved his face
into the sandbox.” The principal looked at the boy and asked,
“What did Tommy do to you?” The boy said, “I didn’t like the
way he was lookin’ at me, and I don’t like the way you're lookin’
at me! And if I could do it, I’d shove your face into something
too.” The teacher stiffened and was about to say something but
a quick look from the principal stopped him. He looked at the
boy for a moment and then quietly said, “Today my young student,
is the day
The boy laughed and
said, “Grace? Isn’t that what you old people do before you sit
down to eat? I don’t need your stinkin’ grace.”The principal
studied the young boy's face and whispered. “Oh yes, you truly
do…” The boy glared as the principal continued, “Grace is a gift
and is always freely given. It means that you will not be
getting what you so richly deserve for your treatment of
others. Can't you understand this?”
Puzzled, the boy
said, “You not gonna whup me? You gonna let me walk?” The
principal looked down at the unyielding child. “Yes, I am going
to let you walk.” The boy studied the face of the principal, “No
punishment at all for what I did?” The principal replied, “Oh,
there has to be punishment. What you did was wrong and there
are always consequences to our actions. There will be
punishment. Grace is not an excuse for doing wrong.”
knew it,” scoffed the boy as he held out his hands.
The principal nodded to the teacher, “Bring me the belt.” The
teacher presented the belt to the principal who carefully folded
it in two and gave it back to the teacher. The principal looked
hard at the child, got up from his desk and said. “I want you to
count the blows.” He stood directly in front of the boy and
gently reached out and folded the child’s outstretched hands
together, then turned to face the teacher with his own hands
outstretched. One quiet word came forth from his mouth.
The belt whipped down
on the outstretched hands of the principal. Crack! The young
boy jumped with surprise. Shock registered across his face,
“One” he whispered. Crack! “Two.” His voice raised an octave.
Crack! “Three…” He couldn’t believe this. Crack! “Four.” Big
tears welled up in the eyes of the rebel. “OK stop! That’s
enough. Stop!” Crack, came the belt down on the callused hands
of the principal. Crack! The child flinched with each blow,
tears beginning to stream down his face. Crack! Crack!
“No please”, the
child begged, “Stop, I did it, I’m the one who deserves it.
Stop! Please. Stop…” Still the blows came, Crack! Crack! One
after another. Finally it was over. The principal stood with
sweat glistening across his forehead and beads trickling down
his face. Slowly he knelt down. He studied the child for a
second and then his swollen hands reached out to cradle the face
of the weeping boy. Then the words were softly whispered…
story paints a small picture of God's Grace to us when He sent
His Son to shed His blood to pay for our sins. Redemption costs
nothing except faith and trust, and through forgiveness, God stamps the
gift Paid in Full by Jesus Christ for all of us.
If we live freely, however, going our own way to attain the
earthly satisfaction of sinful living, Heaven is null and void
to us. Do we deserve eternal Heaven? No, none of us deserves
eternal Heaven. However, God's
Grace comes to us through
obedience to Him and His Son Jesus Christ. It is a precious
gift that never expires, and never changes.
while under house arrest as a prisoner in Rome,
in Ephesions 2: 1-8: "As
for you, you were dead in your
transgressions and sins,
in which you used to live
followed the ways of this world
and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is
now at work in those who are disobedient.
All of us also lived among
them at one time,
gratifying the cravings of
our flesh and following its desires and thoughts.
Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath.
But because of His great
love for us, God, who is
rich in mercy,
made us alive with Christ
even when we were dead in transgressions—it is
by Grace you have been saved.
And God raised us up with
Christ and seated us with Him
the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus,
in order that in the
coming ages He might show the
incomparable riches of His Grace, expressed in His kindness to
us in Christ Jesus.
For it is
Grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from
yourselves, it is the gift of God—
not by works, so that no one can
boast. For we are
God’s handiwork, created in
Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for
us to do."
God can repair and make us whole. He takes
all who are broken and torn by sin and puts the
puzzled pieces of our lives together, and through Grace we are
healed. “God is faithful and reliable. If we confess our sins,
He forgives them and cleanses us from all sin.” - 1 John 1:9
Through the good times and the bad times, the rough times of
hopelessness, He is there, holding us up, letting us know He
will never ever leave us.
2 Corinthians 12:
6-9, the Apostle Paul tells us: "Even if I should choose to
boast, I would not be a fool, because I would be speaking the
truth. But I refrain, so no one will think more of me than is
warranted by what I do or say, or because of these surpassingly
great revelations. Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming
conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of
Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to
take it away from me. But He said to me, 'My grace is
sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.'
Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses,
so that Christ’s power may rest on me."
Today we live in a world with so many of us pridefully
living in sin without accountability to God's plan for our
lives. And His loving eyes are wrought with sorrow as He
stands viewing the travesty of wicked destruction that exists in
a world bathed in disobedience. He watches His creation of
humanity turn away from Him, following their own desires,
uncaring that the Son of God paid the price of eternal life for
deserve the many things we take for granted? God does not give
us what we deserve, instead He forgives through His Grace and
His everlasting love IF we ask for it. Our loving
God is willing to forgive over and over again if we truly ask for
forgiveness. Remember, life is not promised, so if we die in
sin, we will lose His precious gift forever. Our names will be
struck from God's Book of Life if we do not repent and accept
the salvation that Jesus Christ paid for us on the cross of
2 Corinthians 6:1-2
God’s co-workers we urge you not to receive God’s Grace in vain.
For He says, “In the time of my
favor I heard you, and
in the day of salvation I helped you.” I tell you, now is the
time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation". The
Grace that God
offers to us must be accepted willingly and continuously, lest
we fall from God's divine favor.
gives up on us as long as we live. Even now He stands waiting.
To those who do not believe, will you turn away from Satan and his wiles and let
our Father take your hand, your
heart, and your soul and lead you to His eternal Kingdom?
"But grow in
grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord
and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now
and forever. Amen." 2 Peter 3:18
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