“The Unfathomable Gift of Grace”

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“Understanding and Embracing Grace to Transform Lives Through Jesus”

Grace is a concept that many of us struggle to fully grasp. It’s one thing to understand God’s love, but quite another to comprehend the magnitude of His grace. As Jim emphasized in his sermon, the Creator of the universe loves us despite our failures, faults, and fears. He offers us —an unmerited favor—without condition. This incredible gift should not only inspire us to live differently but also motivate us to share this amazing gift with others.

The Depth of God’s Grace

In Ephesians 2:4-5, we read, “But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.” This passage highlights the depth of God’s character. Despite our sinful nature, our doubts, and our pride, God’s mercy brings us to life through Christ. We were spiritually dead, much like a seed that must die to bring forth new life, yet God’s grace resurrects us.

Gifts Beyond Deserving

One of the most challenging aspects of this blessing is that it is entirely unearned. We receive what we do not deserve. In our human relationships, merit often determines reward. But God’s gifts defy this logic. Romans 5:8 says, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” This unmerited favor is a cornerstone of our faith, showing us that God’s love and grace are not based on our actions but on His character.

Embracing Grace to Change Lives

Understanding and accepting God’s attributes should transform how we live. It should lead us to extend His grace to others. Jim reminded us that, like Adam and Eve, humanity often chooses separation over unity. Yet, through Christ, we are offered reconciliation and new life. This transformative power is something the world desperately needs.

Imagine living each day with the awareness that you are a recipient of an incredible, undeserved gift. How might this perspective change your interactions? How could it impact the way you view others? When we recognize that we have been given unmerited favor, it becomes easier to show grace to others. This includes forgiving those who wrong us, loving those who seem unlovable, and reaching out to those who feel lost.

Motivated to Share

At Lakeview Christian Church of Portage Lakes, we are committed to moving towards a better life full of Jesus. Through our “Just 3” initiative—study, share, and serve—we aim to deepen our faith, share the gospel, and serve our community. Understanding God should compel us to share the good news of Jesus with others. We want everyone to experience the same amazing God with all of the goodness he offers and exemplifies through Christ Jesus.

When we share God’s grace, we do more than just tell others about Jesus; we introduce them to a transformative experience. It’s about showing love and compassion, embodying the underserved forgiveness and blessings we’ve received. Whether it’s through acts of kindness, words of encouragement, or simply being there for someone in need, we become conduits of God’s love and power.

A Call to Action

Jim’s sermon challenges us to not only understand grace but to let it drive our actions. How can you show grace in your daily life? Perhaps it’s forgiving a long-held grudge, offering help to a neighbor, or simply being patient in difficult situations. Remember, grace is about giving what is undeserved, just as God has done for us.

Let’s commit to living out this grace in tangible ways. By doing so, we reflect God’s love and bring others closer to Him. God’s attributes are not just concepts to be understood but the reality to be lived out.

Lakeview Christian Church of Portage Lakes invites you to join us in this journey of grace. Together, let’s embrace God’s unmerited favor and transform the world through the love, gifs, forgiveness, and power of Jesus Christ.

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