Apr 06 2011
Ephesians 2:4-7 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of the great love he had for us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, brought us to life with Christ (by grace you have been saved), raised us up with him, and seated us with him in the heavens in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.
“My beloved, do you not realize what I have already done for you–how much it cost me to ransom sinful humanity? Do you see how much farther I went? Not content merely to save you from death, it pleased me to elevate you with Christ and in Christ to the status of first-born sons. My children ponder this! The angels are in awe, for they are very much aware of the infinite distance between our two natures–yours the created human, mine the Divine Creator. Now, if I have been this generous with you so far, why do you now doubt my goodness? Why do you fail to trust in my mercy? If I have already given you this much, then have every confidence that those who love me and follow my ways have my rapt attention. Your prayers, dear children, fall softly on my heart. Those you love, those you beg me to save, do not doubt my love for them, but work and pray for their salvation as for your own. Children, love me, trust in me, have confidence. Remain in me and you will never be without joy.”
Heavenly Father, your love is boundless, your mercy and generosity endless! I praise and thank you for looking with love and kindness on such vile worms who merit not the lowest gaze from you. Your words of love give us hope and great joy. We trust in you dear, glorious Abba–save souls! Amen.