I once heard someone say that God’s gifts to us are all spiritual, but the things that we would consider ‘gifts’ such as family and friends and health etc, are really just God’s mercy towards us. I love that perspective. Because really, what do we deserve? We deserve nothing from God except punishment for our sins. No matter how ‘good’ we think we are in compared to others and taking into account all the ‘good’ things we’ve done – the reality is we’ve all broken God’s law – and that has separated us from God… eternally.
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. Ephesians 2:4
God loved us enough to send His son Jesus to die on the cross, and shed his blood to pay for our sins. And if we believe this and ask for and accept forgiveness we can be reconciled to Christ – and that once and for all re-unites us with God now and for all eternity.
Today as we were driving we heard Amazing Grace and it brought tears to my eyes… and I love the lyrics that Chris Tomlin added to this classic hymn…
My chains are gone, I’ve been set free
My God, my Savior has ransomed me
And like a flood His mercy reigns
Unending love, amazing grace
Thank you God for your mercy and your grace towards us!