Thursday, May 1, 2014

2 Corinthians 6:1-2

2 Corinthians 6:1-2 – As God’s fellow workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain. For He says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.

          Do not receive God’s grace in vain and don’t take it for granted. “It is by grace you have been saved, through faith, and this is not of yourselves, it is the gift of God (Ephesians 2:8).” God has shed His grace upon you and given you what you don’t deserve. That is what grace is. God’s mercy keeps us from receiving the punishment that we do deserve and His grace allows us to walk in the freedom and blessings of Christ. Don’t take advantage of it.
          In verse two we see some of what God’s grace entitles us to. God said, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” Well today is that day; now is that time. We are living in the time of God’s favor and the day of His salvation. By His grace we receive salvation from our sins, and we are able to walk in the favor of God. That means He hears us and helps us in everything.
          Whatever you say to God, He is listening. Your prayers will not return to you empty. God hears them and will answer. And His favor covers you like a shield. As you are going about your business from day to day you will see God’s favor on you. All that you have is from Him. That is why we are reminded “not to receive God’s grace in vain.”

          God has opened up His heart and resources to you, but you have to receive them. Don’t let your heart be hard or stubborn. Surrender yourself to God and let Him guide you into His favor.

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