SUNDAY July 22, 2018
God’s Grace Towards Us
But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.
1 Corinthians 15:10
Paul attributed the dramatic change in his life to the amazing grace of God. Notice how many times Paul mentioned the word grace in this verse. It was the grace of God that saved you, and it saved me! Grace made me zealous for God. This is why I go out into the streets, in the gym, or where I go, I share the grace of God. I want everybody else to know the amazing grace of God.
Pastor Chuck Smith wrote a foreword to my book Fury to Freedom. He wrote that my conversion was like that of the Paul the Apostle because I too was persecuting Christians––my father-in-law, my mother-in-law and I was mistreating my wife. I hated Christians––all those who knew the Gospel.
As I step back and look over the years of my life, I see what God has done. It is amazing. It is all the grace of God. He has brought me to a place where I feel compassion for all those who are lost. When I meet people like me, I love to talk to them, because I can relate to them.
I believe with all my heart, you have to be upfront and bold when sharing the Gospel. Even if sometimes you might get persecuted. As we give people the truth of the Gospel, often those people who persecuted us are the very ones who will come to Christ. As the Holy Spirit moves on their lives they are greatly convicted. By God’s grace, and in His perfect timing, they will come to know the unmerited favor of God that is free.
How great is the grace of God in our lives! Spend time reflecting on the grace of God in your own life. Then pray for God to give you many opportunities to share the Gospel of Grace with others.
Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me
I once was lost, but now am found, t'was blind but now I see…
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