Exploring God’s Grace: Grace is Forgiveness & Healing

Ephesians 1:7 NKJV
7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.
One of the most amazing things about the grace of God is the power it carries to forgive. Through the riches of his grace we are redeemed through the blood of Christ and our sins have been forgiven.
The bible tells us that the wages of sin is death. That means that there was only one direction we were destined to go and that is the way of death. One might say, but God can just forgive us and forget right? True, but remember that God is also a just God, meaning that someone has to pay the price of the sin man has committed. Now this is the most amazing aspect of God’s grace, that he himself paid the price that needed to be paid by sending Jesus the sinless lamb of God to die and pay the wages of our sin. God in his mercies extended his grace towards us. His grace is unmerited favor, we did not deserve it and neither had we asked for it but in his own mercy, he paid the price and extended to us grace.
That’s the power of grace to forgive, not only does God forgive us, but he treats us as though we had never sinned in the first place. As one preacher put it, “Grace is not being given what you deserve and it’s also being given what you don’t deserve!”
Not only did his grace provide the forgiveness of sin but also the healing that we so desperately need because of the effects of sin. Jesus declared that he came to heal the broken hearted and by his wounds we are healed. In him we are made new, we are born again, the old is gone and the new has come.
God knowing that we are human knows that we will make mistakes from time to time and that is why his grace is extended so much so that he says that when we sin and we go back to him and ask for forgiveness, he is faithful to forgive us of all our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Reflective Thoughts
Do you believe that ALL your sins have been forgiven and you are now the righteousness of God through Christ Jesus?
What are some things you know you did not deserve but God still gave them to you anyway?
Are you quick to extend forgiveness to others the same way God is quick to extend it to you?
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