Philippians 1:2, “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ”
After the Communists seized control of mainland China in 1949, tens of thousands of refugees flooded into Hong Kong, bringing with them much poverty, misery, and despair. A Christian man who worked there recalls feeling great pity for the little children in rags he saw playing in the streets. He came to know and love a few of them very dearly and what a difference that made! One child he had known for several years showed him her shoes one day. Both had holes in their soles, exposing her bare feet. Without any hesitation the man gave her new shoes and even bought her a pretty new dress. “When I gave them to her,” he recalls, “she climbed on my knee, buried her head on my shoulder, her heart too full for words.” That man’s deed was grace in action, but grace moved by love. So too, it was love that moved the heavenly Father to extend His undeserved favor to guilty, condemned sinners. That’s what is meant by the grace of God. It’s a theme that was close to the heart of the apostle Paul and appears over and over again in his epistles. God’s grace to you and me comes from His great love that sent His Son Jesus to die on the cross for our sins. So, let’s praise Him every day for His infinite and matchless grace!
Whether we want to admit it or not we all need God’s love and life changing grace. John D. Rockefeller had become the world’s only billionaire; however, he was a miserable man who couldn’t sleep, who was unloved, and who needed bodyguards. Then at age 53 he was stricken with a rare disease. He lost all his hair, and his body became shrunken. He was given a year or so to live. Rockefeller started thinking about eternal issues, and suddenly he began to change. He gave away his money to help churches and the poor. He established the Rockefeller Foundation, which has underwritten critical health research. His health improved, and contrary to the doctor’s prediction, he lived to be 98. Just think … if a man could undergo such a physical and emotional change, how can we doubt that God by His grace and power can transform us spiritually? The Bible says that anyone who believes in Jesus Christ and His sin-atoning, guilt-cleansing death will become a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17). Oh, my what a glorious hope!
(1) Have you experienced that change?
(2) If not, trust Jesus today.
A person who knows God’s Love shows God’s Love