“For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works” (Titus 2:11-14).
Today’s Morsel: How would you define grace? Someone has written a book title, “What’s So Amazing About Grace?” Why does Peter tell us to grow in grace, and how do we do it (2 Peter 3:18)? And why does Paul say that we are saved by grace and not of works lest any man should boast (Ephesians 2:8-9)? One of the things about salvation is that it does not proceed from oneself. Salvation is a gift from God only. There is nothing that we can do to merit it. It is God’s divine favor upon us. To me, to “grow in grace” is to increase in that which constitutes pure religion (James 1:27). Like anything else in our Christian life, grace must be cultivated for it to grow, the same as any other virtue of the soul. Paul said that there are many things that come with our salvation (Hebrews 6:9), but it doesn’t grow without work. Even though God’s grace brought us salvation, we must add spiritual things to our lives to ensure that we keep it and that it grows in our lives
Sing: Amazing grace! How sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me! I once was lost, but now am found, twas blind but now I see.
Thought For Today: Grace still brings salvation.