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Accept the gift of grace, it’s free: Ephesians 2:1-10

Divine Note #3 - Monday, December 22, 2008

I remember reading the Bible and attending Bible studies years ago, but nothing touched my heart. I felt guilty because I was not “getting” God compared to the other people in my life. They were all in love with Jesus and I was on the outside looking in, thinking that I was not worthy. Little did I know that Jesus was preparing my heart to accept His grace!

In the dictionary, grace is defined as the freely given, unmerited favor and love of God. Grace is when God gives you what you need and not what you deserve as Rick Warren notes in his latest book, The Purpose Driven Christmas. The moment when I gave up control of my life to Jesus, His love and joy touched my life in a big way and He has been with me through the ups and downs of my life. I get direct answers from the Bible by just asking Him for guidance.

This Christmas remember that Jesus came into the world at the right time (Gal. 4:4) to adopt us into His family. You have every right to call him Father (or Papa!) because you are His precious daughter! Open your heart and accept the gift of grace, it’s free and it’s all about love! I can promise you an exhilarating ride, it won’t be easy but it will be comforting to know that His mighty arms will always there when you need a hug!

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Compiled December 2011
These are a few of my favorite Scriptures. I cannot live my life without God and his word. I keep a 3x5 wire bound note diary of verses that pop off the pages of my Bibles. This helps me in case I need to comfort someone with a specific verse. Start your own collection!


Comfort

Psalm 119:76 Comfort me with your love, as you promised me, your servant.
Job 4:4 Your words have comforted those who fell, and you have strengthened those who could not stand.
Strength

Psalm 18:1 I love you, LORD. You give me strength.
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Psalm 118:14 The Lord gives me strength and a song. He has saved me.
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