The grace of God is so beautiful, and a precious gift. I hope this excerpt from I Thought I Knew What Love Was fills your heart with hope and joy. God’s love for us is vast beyond measure. You are loved beyond comprehension. Live loved.
Ephesians 2:4-9 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ— by grace you have been saved—and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
Copyright © 2011 Erin Lamb, all rights reserved.
There is something so incredible about grace;
like freshly fallen dew,
grace falls so sweetly each day,
and renewing the soul.
It glistens like the brightness of the sun,
reflecting back to the most luminous One.
He is the most brilliant One,
who showers us with His mercy and grace.
His grace is
the unmerited favor
that we do not deserve.
Grace is one of the most priceless gifts.
It is His empowering presence
that enables us and gives us power to do His good will
It is His grace
that carries us from day to day,
and season to season.
It is His unquestionable love
that is beyond all human reason.
We cannot fathom or understand,
how someone so perfect
could have such overwhelming, lasting love for us.
God, in His act of perfect love,
offered up His Son,
His one and only Son.
He sent His love down
like rain from heaven,
to wash away our scarlet sins;
He leaves our hearts white and pure as snow.
We could not earn this gift,
so precious and priceless a gift.
In His loving-kindness
He sent His Holy Spirit,
the one we call the Helper,
to dwell with sinful man.
He sent His Spirit
and to empower us with His gifts
that are heaven sent.
This precious gift of grace returns,
day after day, to shower creation
with His unconditional love and unmerited favor.
Instead of giving us what we are worthy of,
He offers us so much more.
He offers mankind
a taste of His sweetness,
a touch of His goodness,
and a vision of His glory.
Just as the dew replenishes the soil,
softens our pride;
it soothes our hurts and pains.
refreshes our weary hearts
and seeps into our most desperate place.
We are in desperate need of His grace,
for we stumble and we fall.
We need His direction and love to pave the way.
He alone has made the way,
the only way,
for all our hearts to be fully restored.
Grace sinks into the desperate heart,
a heart so willing to receive.
Grace saturates the hurting heart
that has acknowledged its deepest need;
the need for a Savior,
the need for a friend,
the need for forgiveness,
for a love that does not end.
As love pours in,
guilt and shame pour out;
forgiveness and acceptance take its place.
There is something so remarkable about grace!
We cannot earn it.
We are not worthy of it,
and nothing we can do, or fail to do, can change the status of grace.
Grace comes in the most beautiful package,
falling from heaven
like freshly falling dew,
with a beautiful embroidered message
addressed to me and you.
It reads ever so tenderly,
“I give you My grace, free of charge,
simply because of My love for you.”
Copyright © 2011 Erin Lamb. Excerpt from, “I Thought I Knew What Love Was.”
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