Amazing Grace: â€œHow precious did that grace appear the hour I first believed.â€Â
Grace. As a small-town Southern girl, I was raised hearing that word around every corner. Down my high school halls I could hear, â€œWell, we need a â€˜hail Maryâ€™ in math, but heâ€™ll graduate by the grace of God.â€ In the office at work I might hear, â€œWeâ€™re burning at both ends but by the grace of God weâ€™ll make the deadline.â€ At home I heard more than once, â€œWeâ€™ll make the bills in timeâ€¦by the grace of God.â€
When you think about it, we might as well just say, â€œby the skin of our teethâ€ because the phrase is so common and inadequate. Donâ€™t get me wrong â€“ God is most definitely working and applying grace to every aspect of our lives! He fills in our shortcomings more times than we will ever know. But we cannot forget how precious His gift truly is.
When I met Jesus, and I accepted Him into my heart, the â€œoldâ€ man was washed away, and the â€œnewâ€ man was born. My sins, great and small, were forgiven in an instant.
God didnâ€™t think about it. He didnâ€™t weigh the pros and cons. He didnâ€™t look at my past and have critical comments about my ability to make better choices in the future. He took the payment, made by Jesus, and marked my transgressions â€œPAID IN FULL.â€ As the old song says, He â€œoverlooked my fault and saw my need.â€ How precious!
So, what will we do with this new heart full of gratitude? Extend this grace to others. I will never forget what God has done for me and what He continues to do in me every day. We are all sinners in need of Godâ€™s constant grace. Therefore, what is so freely given to us, may we give to others as a testament of Godâ€™s â€œAmazing Grace.â€
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for the precious gift of Your grace. Make us more aware of Your presence and the way You move in our lives every day. Give us hearts that love Your people the way the You love them. Amen.
2 Corinthians 5:17
1 Peter 4:10
By Jessica Horton
SGNScoops welcomes talented gospel music artist Jessica Horton to our team of writers. We hope you have enjoyed her first article and will encourage her to write more by visiting her facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/jhorton51110 or her website at https://jessicahortonmusic.com/
Jessica Horton is a singer/songwriter from Columbus, MS. She was raised in classic country and gospel, and the soul and sound of these classics often find their way into her music. Her songs feature the acoustic guitar, dobro, mandolin, and other roots instruments. On stage, Jessica brings a live aspect to her show by playing guitar and including singable old-time hymns and gospel songs. Off- stage, Jessica spends a lot of time with her husband, David and her church family. She serves as worship leader and youth director at Shaefferâ€™s Chapel United Methodist Church in Columbus, MS… (for more click here.)
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