Good Friday morning ...
It's the season of Lent. A good time to consider the word GRACE.
Grace is a wonderful word. It means the free, unmerited favor of God. It is His remedy for sin ... for the sinner.
Grace is free. But not cheap.
It is the costliest gift ever offered.
It cost the Son of God His life. He, the "Friend of sinners," came into history to make an infinite sacrifice for the sins of all mankind, from the very first human being to the last one ever to live upon the earth. He was "the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world." He was born to be crucified. He suffered our death that we might receive His life. He bore our sin that we might be made righteous in His perfection. He became poor that we might have His riches.
His gift of grace is free for the asking ... free for the taking.
Man calls it foolishness. And it is "the foolishness of God" which "is wiser than man's wisdom."
In His mercy, God doesn't give us what we deserve: judgment. In His grace, He gives us what we don't deserve: justification.
When we acknowledge that we are sinners --- if we confess our sin --- when we desire His forgiveness, cleansing, and renewal ... if we ask God for forgiveness, He responds with His grace.
"For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord" [Romans 6:23]
"Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. [Isaiah 1:18]
Have a great weekend in the Lord basking in His grace ...