Ephesians 2: 8-9
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith- and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God- not by works, so that no one can boast.
This passage reminded me of Pastor Gil’s question on Sunday- who can open the door to your heart? The painting of Jesus at the door lacks a knob on the outside of the door- the side where Jesus is standing, waiting. Our faith in Christ opens the door and opens our heart. God’s grace does all the rest. I am reminded again of God’s power in my life. His grace is free. Nothing I do on this earth will make me more or less likely to receive God’s grace other than to have faith. With God’s grace I am saved and empowered to do good works. I do not want to ignore or waste that power.
Holy Lord, full of grace, I am thankful. The gift of your Son is more than I can fully understand. But I do understand love. I understand love for precious children and for spouses and parents and treasured friends. It is by your grace I am able to experience this kind of love. And it is by your grace I am able to live in that love for others. Help me to act in love, always, in everything I do. Amen