By Lisa Wilmore
My Christian Friends,
As I pen this message, I am in awe of the goodness of our Lord. Truly, I have prayed and pondered on what to write and submit to this publication this week. Until this morning (Monday), the submission due date, I was not certain on the direction of this message. Consequently, about 4 a.m. in the morning, God awakened me and I began to think about His goodness and thanked Him for His Amazing Grace. I knew, without a doubt, that there was nothing I had done to deserve another chance. However, God gave me another opportunity to be able to enjoy the beauty of His created earth. For this reason, I am grateful.
I must admit that I enjoy driving, although my ability to do so for long periods of time is not as easy as it was when I was younger. As I drive to work or other places, I am always in awe of how Grace awakens and gives me the opportunity to see His wondrous works.
The above noted title, “Let us thank God for His Amazing Grace” is one that was taught at a recent Bible study class by Rev. Deacue Fields. On Sunday morning, prior to Tuesday night’s Bible class, Rev. Fields announced to the Pleasant Star congregation that he would be teaching on God’s Amazing Grace. Because of my overwhelming interest and desire to hear about His “Amazing Grace”, I attended Tuesday night’s Bible class at this particular church to hear what the Spirit had to teach about His Amazing Grace”. In this lesson, I learned that “God’s grace is not only amazing but it is remarkable, wonderful, astounding, incredible, extraordinary, awesome, etc., and the list goes on. The teacher, Pastor Fields, noted that we casually sing the song
“Amazing Grace” in our churches, which does not do justice to what God’s grace really means.
Furthermore, the Pastor-Teacher asked the question, “What does Amazing Grace do?” Answer to the question: Grace redeems us from our sins. He explains that Paul writes to the church of Ephesus, “In whom we have redemption through the blood, the forgiveness of sin, according to the riches of His grace” (Ephesian 1:7).
Particularly, Grace is God’s planned, thoughtful and loving kindness given to persons He saves. There is nothing we can do to earn His grace, nor do we deserve it. Grace cannot be gained through our religious actions or morally correct behavior-for it comes only from God’s mercy and love. Without grace no one can be saved. “Let us thank God for His Amazing Grace.”