Rev. Wayne Sanders
Saved By Grace, Part 5
July 10, 2020
When I was researching more articles about God’s amazing grace I ran across this statement written by David Bryant:
“God’s mercy, God’s grace, God’s love—what’s the difference among these foundational concepts used when we talk about God’s redemptive response to a world of sinners?
"One way to think about it is this: “Mercy” defines the judgments God withholds from us that we DO deserve as sinners. “Grace” defines the blessings God pours out on us that we DO NOT deserve. “Love” defines God’s covenant commitment to remain toward us the God of all mercy and grace forever. All three, of course, are directed toward us through Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Ephesians 2:4-5 ESV
4 "But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us,
5 "even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved"
I have always loved the song “Amazing Grace,” and I find myself identifying with its timeless message that seems to describe me in so many ways.
Amazing Grace, Lyrics John Newton 1725-1807
"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.
"Twas 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 hath 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 there ten thousand years Bright shining as the sun,
We've no less days to sing God's praise than when we've first begun.
"Thank You, Father, for Your Amazing Grace. Amen.