This thanksgiving, I want to thank God for His grace and truth. In reading John chapter 1 this morning, I am once again reminded of the truth of His grace. His grace is not deserved and not earned. We are not entitled to His grace. By His generous and loving nature, He desires to give us good things. As the most popular Bible verse says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” – John 3:16
“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” – John 1:12
The believer’s adoption, the believer’s re-birth is God’s greatest gift to man! He gave us, graced us, with the right to become His children. This right did not come from our parents nor from our ancestors nor from any line of blood. This right is not attained by striving, nor by persistence nor by stubborn willfullness. It is not given to us by people who desire us to have it. It is His gift to whom He wills to give it, “to those who believe in His name”.
I am thankful for the fullness of His grace and His truth that has set me free. He created me in His likeness. He saved me from my sin. I did absolutely nothing to deserve His love. And now I sing:
T’was Grace that taught my heart to fear.
And Grace, my fears relieved.
How precious did that Grace appear
The hour I first believed.
Through many dangers, toils and snares
I have already come;
‘Tis Grace that brought me safe thus far
and Grace will lead me home.
The Lord has promised good to me.
His word my hope secures.
He will my shield and portion be,
As long as life endures.
Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease,
I shall possess within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.
When we’ve been here ten thousand years
Bright shining as the sun.
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
Than when we’ve first begun.
Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.”