“Saved by grace…gift from God…Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done…” Wow! As I read these words my heart is filled to bursting with JOY. What a wonderful truth to lean on!
I became a Christian as a young teen, but truly started following and pursuing Christ over a year ago. Let’s just say I’m just shy of “that” hill so it’s taken me a good while! I think one reason it took me so long to build a close relationship with Jesus is because I never really understood what all this “relationship with Christ” stuff meant. I mean I did to the extent I asked Jesus to come into my heart and change me, but to say I truly knew my identity in Christ…well…this simply was not the case. Without knowing my identity I was stuck in thought patterns that were “man” created and not based on biblical truth. “Why would God extend grace to me especially after all the mistakes I’ve made? Why would God save me—what’s so special about me? Don’t I have to do all kinds of stuff to truly be saved?” This is the type of erroneous thinking that would snare my thoughts. These thoughts kept me in a perpetual state of self-condemnation. Thankfully, with God’s help and time in the Bible, the truth of Ephesians 2:8-9 (and many other verses) finally sunk in my human brain, smacked my thoughts around a bit, and released me from my self-imposed ideas about God’s grace and my salvation. Today, I can say without a doubt YES! God loves me and I don’t have to live in a prison of self-condemnation! (Romans 8:1, 35-39) YES! I am saved by grace that is not dependent on works to gain salvation. (Ephesians 1:7, Romans 3:27-28) YES! I believe in Jesus and my salvation is secure! (John 3:16, Romans 3:22-26) What are your thoughts about salvation?
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