Friday January 16
Life Before Grace
Grace is the unmerited love that God shows to sinful people. He expressed this love through the sacrificial death of His Son. It becomes ours when we confess that we are sinners and receive Jesus Christ as our Savior. Because of grace, we are forgiven by God and adopted into His family.
Today’s passage describes our life before grace. First, we were dead in our trespasses and sins. This means that every one of us is born with a deadness to the things of God—we come into this world with no spiritual life. Our nature leans away from the Lord and toward ourselves. Secondly, our thinking and behavior follow the world’s, which, according to the Scriptures, is under Satan’s control. His plan always opposes God’s and leads us to rebel against divine commands.
Before encountering grace, the apostle Paul was very religious but blind to God’s perspective and plan. He actively opposed those who followed Christ (Acts 26:9-11). With a goal of destroying the church, he sought to eradicate the Christian faith, which he deemed false. He continued persecutingbelievers until he encountered the Lord on the road to Damascus (Acts 9:3-6). There he surrendered his will to the Lord’s and became a true follower of Jesus Christ.
If you have not trusted in the Savior, then you are spiritually dead, separated from God, and under His judgment. Like Paul, you may be very religious and yet lack a personal relationship with Christ. God offers you salvation today through faith in Jesus. How will you answer Him?
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