Great Grace

 Which of them will love him more?      Luke 7:42

Whether you are a carpenter or a seamstress, a measuring tape is an important tool to have. However, measuring tapes can only measure what is tangible. It is unable to measure the length, depth, or height of God’s loving grace to you (Ephesians 3:18).

You often sing of grace: “Amazing grace, how sweet the sound,” or “grace that is greater than all our sins.” Or maybe you’ve called grace “God’s riches at Christ’s expense.” In his book, Transforming Grace, author Jerry Bridges states, “Grace is God reaching downward to people who are in rebellion against him.” What was your life like when you first discovered the great grace that God has offered you due to His love? In Ephesians 4:7, the apostle Paul writes, “Grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift.” This gift is His mercy, His love for you, His salvation of your soul – the undeserved favor He gives you is rich and abundant. It is not dependent on your good works so that you could never say you earned His grace. Have you received this freely given gift in its fullness? 

In her book, Comforting Verses to Reaffirm God’s Grace, author Kristyn Mayden says, “There is no shortage of God’s grace, and there are no circumstances where God’s grace is not available.” The United States as a nation needs the Lord today. Despite how far from Him the people may be, God’s grace has not dried up. He is always calling people to Himself. Pray that people, whatever their walk in life, would heed the nudging of the Holy Spirit and draw close to God and receive His grace today. 

Today’s Verse: Luke 7:42

When they could not pay, he canceled the debt of both. Now which of them will love him more?” 

All Scripture quotations and audio are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Recommended for further reading: Luke 7:41-50

41 “A certain moneylender had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42 When they could not pay, he canceled the debt of both. Now which of them will love him more?” 43 Simon answered, “The one, I suppose, for whom he canceled the larger debt.” And he said to him, “You have judged rightly.” 44 Then turning toward the woman he said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave me no water for my feet, but she has wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45 You gave me no kiss, but from the time I came in she has not ceased to kiss my feet. 46 You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment. 47 Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little.” 48 And he said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” 49 Then those who were at table with him began to say among themselves, “Who is this, who even forgives sins?” 50 And he said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.” 

All Scripture quotations and audio are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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