Good afternoon, Family:
I greet you all with the unending love of Jesus Christ, our Redeemer. It amazes me so much that Jesus wanted a relationship with us so bad that he came in the flesh and offered himself as the everlasting and final sin offering.
Before God became flesh, in the person of Jesus, he knew every sin that I would commit. He knew every time I would fall short of the mark of holiness. What kind of Love sees past all of my faults and sins and still says, “I love you, beyond your sin.”?
New Living Translation (NLT)
Made Alive with Christ
2 Once you were dead because of your disobedience and your many sins. 2 You used to live in sin, just like the rest of the world, obeying the devil—the commander of the powers in the unseen world.[a] He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God. 3 All of us used to live that way, following the passionate desires and inclinations of our sinful nature. By our very nature we were subject to God’s anger, just like everyone else.
4 But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, 5 that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!) 6 For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus. 7 So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of his grace and kindness toward us, as shown in all he has done for us who are united with Christ Jesus.
8 God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. 9 Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. 10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
Go in joy and peace, Family. Live your life serving the Lord, as your way of say, “Thank You,” to God. Amen.
I love you,
Rev. Marcia F. Davis