Ephesians 2:4-10 (KJV)

4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,

5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved 😉
6 And hath raised us up together , and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast .

2 Peter 3:18 (KJV)

18 but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.                            

DEVOTION – Janice Towne (Virginia)

I work at the circulation desk of a busy public library.  Almost on a daily basis, a patron comes in with a sheepish look, hands me some books, and tells me the books are overdue.  As I check the books the patron stands there waiting to pay a fine.  Most of our patrons don’t know that the library’s software does not generate a fine if the books are fewer than two days late.  If that is the case, I smile and tell the patron, “Though the books are one or two days late, you owe no fine.  You have been given grace.”  The patron usually leaves with an expression of gratitude and thanks.  Giving this small grace to a patron is the highlight of my day.

How much greater is God’s grace!  Unlike the library circulation program.  God’s grace has no expiration period.  It is timeless and transcendent.  The gift God gave in allowing Jesus to die for our sins is beyond words.  As sinners, we do not deserve divine favor, yet God gave us Jesus Christ.  We need to remember that we saved by grace and grace alone.  We can do nothing to earn God’s grace; it is free.  How great and good is our God!

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: God’s grace does not expire.

PRAYER: Dear Lord, we thank you for your goodness and your mercy.  Help us to know your grace through our faith in Christ Jesus.  Amen.