Accept God's Free Gift

July 19, 2002
by Dee Renaud

Romans 5:18 – Therefore, as through one man's offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man's righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life. (NKJV)

Everyone loves a bargain!

My daughter and I have started going to garage sales on the long weekends when she comes to visit us. As well, we've discovered Value Village, a charity-operated discount store that sells used clothes, books, household items, etc. It's a good feeling when we come away with something that's in excellent condition at a bargain price.

The Bible says that the gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord. When it comes to our salvation, God gave His very own Son so that we can have eternal life. It's a free gift — all we have to do is accept it. Isn't it ironic that we can't resist a good bargain when we go shopping, but we often have trouble accepting God's free gift of eternal life.

Not only do I get good deals at Value Village, but I can also give them items that I no longer need, for someone else to enjoy. When we receive God's love and grace into our lives, we can then spread His love to others. When we do, we make God's free gift of eternal life available to the world around us.

Matthew 10:8b – Freely you have received, freely give. (NKJV)

Prayer: Heavenly Father, we can never thank You enough for Your gift of eternal life or for the gift of life itself. May our lives be living examples of Your amazing grace. Teach us how to be more like You and love others as You have loved us, so that we can show the world what an awesome God You are. In Jesus' name. Amen.

About the author:

Dee Renaud <deerenaud25@gmail.com>
Sauble Beach, Ontario, Canada

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