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God is Gracious

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 6:23
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God created the universe, and it was good. In his image, he created people, and he gave them a lush world of abundance with one command: do not eat from this forbidden tree. Deceived by Satan, Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit, and all of humanity was condemned under the curse of sin and spiritual death. But God made a promise: he was going to redeem his people, and one day he would send a rescuer to restore humanity to fellowship with him.

For years, God was faithful to his promise, providing the law to show people how to live as he intended. Though humanity continued to turn away from him in rebellion and disobedience, he continued to be faithful, renewing his promise of restoration again through David. Finally, he fulfilled the promise through Jesus, his own Son, whose life, death, and resurrection completed all of the covenantal promises God made with his people and paved the way for all people to come to know God as Father and Lord.

This is the gospel, and it is the good news for all people everywhere. The way is open for all to come to God, and the only thing required is simply to receive it. It’s a gift, entirely free, overflowing from the heart of God “so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:7).

This was God’s plan all along. Before he even spoke the world into motion, he chose us and desired for us to be a part of his family, adopted into it through his Son, and it was all according to his purposes and a display of his grace (Ephesians 1). Why? Because of his great love (Ephesians 2:4). He could have left humanity condemned to death, the rightful judgment for sin. But because of his great love and the riches of his mercy, he offers us life. And it is freely given, so that in our redemption he receives the glory due his name.

And this free gift is available to all people. There is no one outside of the reach of God’s grace and none are exempt from the redemption available through him. So, whatever your past, your skin color, your socioeconomic status, your family structure or relationship status, this good news of grace is for you. He desires to know you. He offers you the abundant life of his kingdom. His Son, Jesus, bled and died to bear the weight of your guilt and shame. And he rose again to raise you up with him to live in victory over sin and death, and to proclaim his goodness for the rest of your life.

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The gospel means God truth and love for me! a different way of life separate from what was placed on me by family and worldly ways. It gives me hope and peace and self worth knowing that I can receive it freely with out any limitations or conditions. I contribute his words to the world by healing form trauma and breaking generational curses so that I can walk in love and be love for myself and all those around me.

The Gospel is the proclamation that King Jesus has conquered death. And" when sin reaches maturity it gives birth to death" James 1:15. So Jesus frees us from the consequences of sin.

The Gospel is the antidote enabling God’s purpose for mankind. It is the source that allows us to come to God. He created us in his image for a reason. It wasn’t to create enemies. It was to create family.

My response to God’s plan to bring me into his family is to be appreciative and be the best daughter I can be. One that comes to Him and listens. One who walks with Him and loves Him.

The good news of Jesus Christ means that imperfect me has been shown mercy, grace and forgiveness that I don’t deserve because of a God who chose me and loves me. My response is to walk in the pattern of Jesus and to resist the often overwhelming temptations of the world, to hold strong to my faith in a faithful God, to understand He is with me in my good times and struggles alike, and to offer grace and mercy to others as I have been shown by Him. (Wow. Lofty goals.) I just praise Him for who He is and whose I am!

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