MEMORIZE: But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen. 2 Peter 3:18
BIBLE READING 1 TIMOTHY 1:15-17
15. This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.
16. Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.
17. Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Every sinner belongs to the Devil (1 John 3:8) and is a servant of sin (Romans 6:16). A servant in this context is like a prisoner who has lost his or her freedom. For us to be free, we need grace and this can only be found in the truth of the word of God according to John 8:31-32.
The difference between a sinner and a saint is that the saint hears the truth and embraces it while the sinner hears but ignores it. For example, the Bible says: If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. – (1 John 1:8-9).
The above Scripture contains the truth that set me free some decades ago. Coming from a highly disciplined family, I grew up as a moralist and so thought that I was far better than many people.
I did not think I was in any serious sin that could warrant my need for a Saviour. However, the grace of God beamed upon my soul and when I saw my filthy life of hypocrisy, I cried out for salvation.
It is the grace of God that brings salvation to humanity (Titus 2:11); however, anyone who trivializes the grace of God is dead already. Noah found grace before God (Genesis 6:8), and this led to his salvation. If, however, Noah had toyed with the grace, he would have perished as well.
Indeed, it is by grace that we are saved and we must never deny it’s importance in performing all God-given assignments as we see in (2 Corinthians 9:8): And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work.
Beloved, the Lord has already made His grace abound towards you by giving His only begotten Son – Jesus Christ as a ransom for your soul (John 3:16).
Forsake your sins today and access this divine provision by surrendering your life to Jesus Christ. It is the only way to escape the eternal damnation that awaits everyone who rejects the grace of God (2 Thessalonians 1:7-9).
Father, thank You for Your grace that abounds towards me. Please Lord, help me make the best of it, in Jesus’ name.
BIBLE READING IN ONE YEAR: JOSHUA 24 – JUDGES 2
HYMN: LET US WITH A GLADSOME MIND
1. Let us with a gladsome mind
Praise the Lord for He is kind;
For His mercies shall endure
Ever faithful, ever sure.
2. Let us sound His name abroad,
For of gods He is the God;
3. He, with aII-commanding might,
Filled the new-made world with light;
4. All things living He doth feed,
His full hand supplies their need;
5. He His chosen race did bless
In the wasteful wilderness;
6. He hath with a piteous eye
Looked upon our misery;
7. Let us with a gladsome mind
Praise the Lord for he is kind
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