Tuesday, February 23, 2010
The 4 G's: God is Gracious
• We try to prove ourselves to ourselves
• We try to prove ourselves to others
• We try to prove ourselves to God
• God is Gracious, so we don’t have to prove ourselves
• All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath. 4But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in our transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. 6And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 8For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9not by works, so that no one can brag. Eph. 2:3-9
• What are some indicators that someone is not believing the truth that God is Gracious?
• “Unless we understand what we deserve to get from God, then the gift of God’s son doesn’t seem that great.” Tim Chester
• The payment for sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:23
• But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
• What would our lives look like if we truly believed that God is Gracious?