Grace and Gratitude

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Grace...God's unmerited favor...I am learning that there are so many aspects to God's grace that I never even realized.  The word itself comes from the Latin word, gratia. Gratia is where we get the Spanish word, gracias and the Italian, grazie. So in some ways grace is mixed with gratitude.  What does this mean?  I am beginning to realize that when we are confronted with God's grace we need to show gratitude!  Sometime I don't even realize how much He has done for me.  I am trying not to miss those places where there are God's graces so that I can turn around and show gratitude to Him. I am trying to fix my gaze on His grace.  It is changing me...

Because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you to himself.  All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.

 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.  For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.  So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.  2 Corinthians 4:14-18

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