GRATITUDE AND AMAZING GRACE
Our hearts ought to overflow with gratitude for God’s grace. God has blessed us abundantly with His grace. We are saved not by works, but by His grace. Sometimes we forget how blessed we are with grace we do not deserve. However, He gives us grace freely and fully. Prayerfully, as you read this devotion, you are grateful for the grace that woke you up this morning. I believe that ingratitude is a sin. Consequently, I would ask you to take a moment before reading any further, and just pause and give God thanks for His amazing grace. I would ask you to turn to I Corinthians 15:10:
“But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them–yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.”
Paul expresses gratitude to God for his grace. Three times in this portion of scripture, Paul acknowledges his own dependence on God’s divine mercy. He is grateful that the grace toward him was not in vain. Paul has a deep appreciation for the grace that he does not deserve, but acknowledges how God’s grace has flowed into his life. Paul takes inventory of his life, recognizing what he was and now what he is by God’s grace. He says, “I am what I am.” Not perfect, but grateful for the new life in Christ that grace brings. He expresses his gratitude with passion and commitment. As I think of God’s grace, I remember “Amazing Grace.” The lyrics are my testimony and I pray that it is yours as well.