Sunday, October 10, 2010

Grace (How Truly Amazing It Really Is)

  GRACE (How Truly Amazing It Really Is)
Grace is undeserved merit given to an unworthy recipient by a magnanimous giver. Sounds crazy isn't it? In this age and culture, we know that there is no such thing as free meal. You have to work, even fight for it. But that's grace. On our own, we are incapable of saving ourselves no matter what we do. Ephesians 2: 8-9 says, "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith- and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God- not by works, so that no one can boast."

The human race was born under a curse, under a state of depravity, unable to rise above his own brutish nature without external help. This was the result of man's fall at Eden where he lost the image and likeness of God from which he was originally created. That is why, we have a natural tendency to sin, to rebel and to do evil. It is always a struggle for us to be good, to be pious and not to sin. The scene of the fall of man at Eden is replicated in every man, as he is always faced with a choice to sin or not to sin.

The only solution to escape this vicious cycle of sinning and falling deeper and deeper into the quagmire of wanton living and total wretchedness is to
accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. We must confess our sins to Him and let His most precious blood cleanse all the sins we accumulated in our entire lifetime. We must also surrender our lives to Him and be determined not to sin again. If our prayer of acceptance is sincere, the Holy Spirit will overshadow us and will give life to our dead spirit, and we will be born again in Spirit and in truth. Then we shall inherit eternal life. John 3: 3 says, "I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again."

The choice is ours, whether we remain spiritually dead or attain eternal life. Romans 6: 23 says, "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." The deepest meaning of amazing grace and the only formula for salvation are contained in John 3: 16. It says, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life."
"Amazing grace
How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me

I once was lost
But now I'm found
Was blind but now
I see." *

How truly amazing, God's grace is.

(* From the song "Amazing Grace" by John Newton)

Amazing Grace - Il Divo


Mama Ko said...

I love this song the message and melody.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Shy,
Yes, that is my favorite song of Il Divo. That this MTV was shot at the Colosseum in Rome, even makes it more exciting. Thanks for your visit and comments. God bless you all always.

Hi! I'm Grace said...

Beautiful post with a beautiful picture... plus, the everybody's favorite all-time Christian hymn, "Amazing Grace". Who wouldn't be blessed on this?
Thanks for sharing, Mel. :)

kimmy said...

if only we are grateful enough for all the blessings the Lord gives us every day, maybe we won't feel miserable about the things we don't and can't have..

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Grace,
Of course you can readily relate to this post because your name is Grace, lol. Kidding aside, grace is the means of salvation through acceptance of Jesus Christ as Lord and savior. There is no other means and way. Thanks for your visit and comments. God bless you all always.

Dhemz said...

one of my favorite songs kuyaMel...get me goose bumps every time I hear it....:)

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Kimmy,
Yes, I agree with you 100%. Yes, counting our blessings will change our perspective in life. Thanks for your visit and profound comments. God bless you all always.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Dhemz,
Yes, that's an immortal Christian song appreciated everywhere. Thanks for your visit and comments. God bless you all always.

awalkthroughlife said...

The song makes me remember my late mom because she made me appreciate this song and the goodness and love of GOD. Indeed, His grace is sufficient for us. We only need to sincerely accept Him in our lives. Thanks for this wonderful post brother Mel.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Meretrisha,
So sorry about your late mom. Amazing Grace is probably the most well known and well loved Christian song ever. It embodies man's reaction to the saving grace of God in our lives. Thanks for your visit and comments. God bless you all always.

Mel Cole said...

I always love that song. It reminds people that there's still hope in everything. :)

kathy said...

Beautiful message Kuya Mel! We are undeserving of God's love and CONSTANT forgiveness. But God is here to save those who are astray and not the ones who don't need repentance.. So we are all welcome to get back into His arms no matter how far we have walked away from Him...

Thanks for such inspiring messages Kuya Mel!

"Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts" (Hebrews 4:7b)


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