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Monday, August 01, 2005

DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT MONDAY – THE ABUNDANCE OF GRACE.

"As I was walking in the fields, the thought came over me with almost overwhelming power, that every one of my flock must soon be in heaven or hell. Oh how I wished that I had a tongue like thunder, that I might make all hear; or that I had a frame like iron, that I might visit every one and say, 'Escape for thy life! Ah sinner! You little know how I fear that you will lay the blame of your damnation at my door." - Robert Murray M'Cheyne.

If, because of one man's trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ. - Rom 5:17.

Through one man's offence, all mankind are exposed to eternal condemnation. But the grace and mercy of God, and the free gift of righteousness and salvation, are through Jesus Christ, as man: yet the Lord from heaven has brought the multitude of believers into a more safe and exalted state than that from which they fell in Adam.

This free gift did not place them anew in a state of trial, but fixed them in a state of justification, as Adam would have been placed, had he stood. Notwithstanding the differences, there is a striking similarity. As by the offence of one, sin and death prevailed to the condemnation of all men, so by the righteousness of one, grace prevailed to the justification of all related to Christ by faith.

Through the grace of God, the gift by grace has abounded to many through Christ; yet multitudes choose to remain under the dominion of sin and death, rather than to apply for the blessings of the reign of grace. But Christ will in no way cast out any who are willing to come to him. – Matthew Henry Concise Commentary. (E-Sword)


GRACE
God has provided, through nature, a beautiful illustration of His grace. Long ago in a forest there once stood a mighty tree. It was the tallest and most beautiful tree in the whole forest. It provided shade and shelter for a large variety of animals. One day the world came crashing in on the life of the tree (quite literally; an earthquake swallowed up the whole area).


Now, the tree has no practical purpose and is basically worthless. To add insult to injury, conditions were just right to cause the tree to turn into coal.

This mighty tree is now a dirty, messy substance, something that is undesirable to be around. To make matters worse, this tree was then put under incredible pressure. Amazingly, this destroyed tree, this filthy mess, has turned into a diamond.

The tree was designed for a specific purpose, but it could no longer function as a tree. Its original purpose and function had been completely destroyed. There was no turning back. Yet, this tree can still be useful. Even though it can no longer be used as it was intended, it now has a new function. Being a beautiful diamond, it can be used for something veryspecial, such as a jewel on a king's crown.

Isn't it miraculous to see how God can take a dark filthy mess and turn it into something beautiful and valuable? What do you think He can do with the mess you've made in your life? If you have fallen deep into sin, God can still make your life valuable and useful. You'll still have to live with the terrible scars of your sins, but these scars will be a living testimony of God's love and grace. Truly where sin abounds, grace does much more abound.- Michael Bronson, Copyright 2000.

Loving Father, I thank you for the abundance of your grace! I thank you Lord that I received this grace through the acceptance of the Lord Jesus Christ. Lord, any thing that is in me that is not of you, I ask your forgiveness, wash me in your cleansing blood. I thank you for your love, forgiveness, and grace in Jesus mighty name! Amen!

GBYAY

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