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A gift we don’t deserve.

A gift we don't deserve.  That is one way to explain “grace”.  It is an amazing free gift God offers everyone who believes.  Some define it as unmerited favour.  Because of Jesus, we are baptized into this grace.  Eternal life is ours.  Unearned.

So, then we can claim, as in our Vision Statement, we are  freed by the grace of Christ to find God and self as we connect with our neighbours. While we don’t need to earn this gift, we do need to live as grace-filled people.  And this means we must live generously and in gratitude.  The 3-G’s have a tight relationship:  Grace-Generosity-Gratitude. 

To respond to this gift, we ask, “Won’t you be my neighbour?”  We must strive to show kindness to all.  To be a light in a world that often seems so dark. To be generous with all that we have been given.  And how can we not be grateful for what we have been given so freely?

I mean that you have been saved by grace because you believed. You did not save yourselves; it was a gift from God. You are not saved by the things you have done, so there is nothing to boast about.  God has made us what we are. In Christ Jesus, God made us new people so that we would spend our lives doing the good things he had already planned for us to do. Ephesians 4: 8-10