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Grateful for His grace

So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son. He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding. Ephesians 1:6-8

From the text, Paul writes as one filled with gratitude for what God has done for us in Christ. He is in awe and filled with overwhelming appreciation. When we fully comprehend what God has done for us, then nothing can diminish our joy in Christ. He gives thanks as expected, but then goes quickly to the source of all he has received. He praises God for what He has done in Christ—for us. God’s goodness to mankind is provided to us through Christ Jesus. As far as Paul is concerned, God gets the praise for Christ, but we get the blessings because of Him. We cannot miss Paul’s point here: Christians are God-blessed persons. Our sense of being blessed resides upon the sure hands of God, not upon blind chance. The blessings we receive, like the life we live in Christ, are not to be measured by any earthly standard. We Christians are not left to wander aimlessly through life, but challenged to live our calling: “to be holy and blameless in his sight” (Ephesians 1:4). We are called upon to live like God’s people. “He purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins” (Ephesians 1:7). A price had to be paid to release us from the bondage of sin. When we seriously think about our walk with Christ, we become very much aware of our sins. This is why it is always good to be reminded of the blessings God provided for us. Affirming what God has done for us when we have surrendered our lives in Christ should incite praise. Praise and giving thanks to God should be permeating realities as believers honor the Father now and forever for His eternal purpose (Ephesians 3:11), and for Himself. The redemption He gave us provided us the freedom so that we can be the person He wants us to be.


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