Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Advent Series ~ Day 5 ~ GRACE

For it is by grace you have been saved,
 through faith—
and this is not from yourselves,
 it is the gift of God. 
Ephesians 2:8

Have you ever wondered just what is so amazing about GRACE?  The hymn Amazing Grace is very popular.  Sometimes popular becomes common if we’re used to hearing it all the time.  The title of this hymn is just two simple common words. 

Websters 1828 dictionary states the definition of these words as follows:

AMAZING
Confounding with fear, surprise or wonder.
Very wonderful; exciting astonishment, or perplexity.

GRACE
Appropriately, the free unmerited love and favor of God, the spring and source of all the benefits men receive from him.
If you put the two definitions together you have:
Very wonderful, free unmerited love and favor of God. The source of all the benefits men receive from him.

John Newton, the composer of the "Amazing Grace" hymn said:
Though I am not what I ought to be,
nor what I wish to be, nor yet what I hope to be,
I can truly say I am not what I once was . . . . By the grace of God I am what I am!

Composed in the 1779, this hymn is probably the most popular hymn in the English language. John Newton was a slave trader before coming to Christ.  We are all sinners who have a choice to be saved by God’s GRACE, as Mr. Newton writes about below.






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Thanks for all the encouraging words through this series. It's all appreciated.



5 comments:

  1. And your Advent Series posts are such blessings to me! Thank you!!!

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  2. Was telling my sis-in-law about your Advent series. I just sent her the link to your FB page as I believe that she might well enjoy it and it would give her another point of interest during the day. I do believe that this one is one of my very favorites.

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  3. Dear Abby, I just love this one! Thank you for this countdown to Christmas series , it's a blessing to me and I'm sharing all of them, on my group page! I hope you and your hubby and family are having a wonderful Christmas season! Love, Linda

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  4. Thank you for these daily blessings.

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