September 10th 2009

Lavished With His Grace And Love

“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that He lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding”

Ephesians 1:7–8 (NIV)

 According to the dictionary, ‘lavish’ means giving with profusion, excessive, superabundant, to expend or bestow profusely, to be excessively free or liberal with. God has also lavished His love on us: “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know Him” (1 John 3:1, N.I.V.)

God has lavished His grace and love on His children throughout the world. We are recipients of this amazing grace and love. These spiritual gifts and blessings come from our Father in heaven (James 1:17). We simply need to apply them in our relationships. “As God’s fellow workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain. For He says, ‘In the time of My favour I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you’. I tell you, now is the time of God’s favour, now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:1–2).

 Now is the time for us to practice applying these amazing graces which the Father has lavished on us, His children.

One of the best examples of grace and love that we can read about in the Old Testament is the episode of David and Mephibosheth in 2 Samuel, chapter 9. In the New Testament, it is the parable of the lost son, or the prodigal son (Luke 15.). These examples of grace and love in action are not there by accident. They demonstrate what God is doing with and for humanity. The Father runs to meet us, lavishes His grace and love on us, invites us into the Great Banquet, where we are seated at His table, to be with Him forever. God has given us His grace and love in abundance, He expects us to apply them in our relationships with others, especially with our brothers and sisters in Christ (Galatians 6:10). And not to be recipients of these gifts in vain.

Prayer

Dear Father in heaven, every good and perfect gift comes from you, please help us to apply in our relationships the wonderful grace and love that you have given to us.

Amen

 Study by Sherwin Scott 

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