Good Morning July 17

God’s grace is wonderful! It is a totally free and unearned gift. We have our salvation by the pure grace of God through our faith in Jesus Christ. Grace is free, but it is not cheap, to borrow the expression from Bonhoeffer. The grace of God cost the life of Jesus. We dare not see God’s grace as a nice pat on the head by a wonderful grandfather in heaven who lets all of his kids in no matter what. God’s grace does not say that all values, and ways of life are equal. God’s grace reaches out to bring us into His life. In grace His has provided the complete forgiveness of all our sins. In grace He has given us the living presence of His Holy Spirit to guide us into all truth, His truth. In grace He leads us gently, day by day, into His life for our best good. When we understand what God’s grace really is, our response is one of humility, gratitude, and love. “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.” (Ephesians 1:3