Hopefully, this finds you all well and counting those blessings! Yes, you can find lots of things that don’t seem like blessings, but if you count those, how does it make you feel? On the other hand, when you count your blessings, you feel much better!
When I count my blessings, God’s grace and forgiveness are always at the top of the list. But for those two things, I have no doubt that I wouldn’t still be here.
In Christian belief Grace can be defined as the free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings. … There was nothing we could do to earn this salvation yourselves.
I am here to tell you, sometimes it is difficult for me to extend grace to some people with all that is going on today. Then God reminds me that HE had to extend that same grace to me, even though I was undeserving. There was not one thing that I could do to earn that grace and yet He gave, and continues to give, it freely. I was no better than a filthy rag but He picked me up, cleaned me off and told me He loved me, despite my past, despite my anger, despite my unloving nature, He still loved me.
Because of His grace, I can worship and serve Him. Because of His grace, I can put aside my past, my anger and my unloving nature to do my best at extending grace to those that don’t always live up to my expectations.
John 3:16 (NIV) says:
16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
That, my friends, is a whole lot of love, grace and forgiveness!