What a relief
Once you were dead because of your disobedience and your many sins. You used to live in sin, just like the rest of the world, obeying the devil—the commander of the powers in the unseen world. He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God. All of us used to live that way, following the passionate desires and inclinations of our sinful nature. By our very nature we were subject to God’s anger, just like everyone else. But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much...Ephesians 2:1-4
Webster dictionary defines “relief” as alleviation, ease, or deliverance through the removal of pain, distress, oppression, etc. When we are relieved from physical pain or alleviated from something that worries us, there is a greater sense of fulfillment. We can breathe easier and hope is restored. We also realize a sense of purpose. There are people that had discovered and experienced death in life because life was empty. Unless someone would come and will care enough for him to rescue him from his living death it would be difficult to come out from such brokenness. This is what Paul was describing from the text. Without Christ’s rich mercy bestowed on us, we will remain lifeless. Our only hope, while there is time is to throw ourselves on the mercy of God. Our longing of His grace will surpass the “inclinations of our sinful nature” (v. 3). God loves us not because we were born better than other people. It is certainly not that we have behaved better than others. What distinguishes us is that God has made us alive and given us hope; all because of His grace. What a relief! God who is rich in mercy forgave us of our sin so He could mend our brokenness and by His grace we can experience peace. Though life will be filled with challenges and pressures, yet God who is rich in mercy and grace will always be there to provide us peace that will sustain us in times of difficulties. Then, joyfully we will live our lives doing good works not to be saved but expressions of gratification for His grace and mercy poured out on us though not deserving.