God’s Riches

Ephesians 2:4-10

But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.  For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.  For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

There are so many promises listed in the verses above!  The most special is eternal life.  He has made us alive together with Christ.  We know no matter what trials we endure and overcome on this earth, in this time, we will be alive with Christ in Heaven.  How our hearts overflow with joy at this knowledge!

Another wonderful blessing is God’s grace.  He shows us so many times how great His love and grace are for us.  So many times we stumble or turn away.  So many times He opens His arms and gently whispers, to come home now, He is there, we are forgiven.  His grace is also abundant to see us through any struggles we are going through.  He loves us so very much and as our hearts aches, no matter how large or so very tiny, His heart aches for us.  He feels our every pain.  When it seems nothing matters, remember, all matters to God.

As God has shown us such amazing mercy, grace, forgiveness, and love, so we must show it to others.  We have to pay it forward.  There is no other way.  How can we expect to continue to receive so much from God and not share in the abundance?  In this, I am not speaking of material possessions, only the spiritual riches of God.  When you don’t have a dollar to your name, you still have all of God’s grace and love in your heart, pass it on.  Let it fill another as it fills you.

The gestures and words you show to another could be the only turning tide in their lives.  They could be the only goodness directed to that person.  As God is rich in mercy, we must be rich in mercy.  As God is rich in grace, so we must be rich in grace.  And one of the hardest things, as God is rich in forgiveness, we have to live forgiveness.  The stones other throw in our direction; we are required by God to forgive.

In order to fully appreciate all of God’s riches and to continue to receive all He has to give us, we must share these blessings with others.  Strive to live as God and shower all we touch with His Riches.

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