Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Intentional time with the Lord: Grace

Over the last few weeks we've covered these topics in these devotions:

  1. Created with intention
  2. Working with intention
  3. Loving your neighbors intentionally
  4. Loving your enemies intentionally
  5. Loving your children intentionally
  6. Loving your spouse intentionally

Those are a great start to living a more intentional life, but if we are to really be more effective and intentional it needs to start with our time with the Lord.  One thing to remember and focus on is grace.

But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,  so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.  For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,  not a result of works, so that no one may boast.  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
  Ephesians 2:4-10
God is so very rich in mercy, love and grace.  When we focus on grace during our time with God, knowing that God gave us our salvation freely and not because of anything we did, it humbles us when we come to Him.  Let's not lose sight of the amazing grace God has shown us.

Amazing grace! How sweet the sound, That saved a wretch like me.I once was lost, but now am found, Was blind but now I see.
-Amazing Grace, 1779 

Marvelous grace of our loving Lord, grace that exceeds our sin and our guilt!
Yonder on Calvary's mount outpoured, there where the blood of the Lamb was spilt.

Grace, grace, God's grace, grace that will pardon and cleanse within;
grace, grace, God's grace, grace that is greater than all our sin! 
-Grace Greater Than Our Sin, 1911

Dear Lord, 

Thank you for your immeasurable grace you have shown such undeserving people. Help us to study your word and always stay amazed at grace.  Thank you for another day.

In Your name, 
Amen 

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