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Friday, March 11, 2016

God’s Grace Is for Everyone — Even You BY RICK WARREN — MARCH 11, Friday

“The promise is not only for those people that live under the law of Moses. It is for anyone who lives with faith like Abraham.” (Romans 4:16b ICB)
God’s grace doesn’t play favorites. Regardless of your status, your background, and the sins you have committed, God loves you.
God’s grace is for everyone. And God’s grace is for you.
No one knows you better than you. That means you know every reason imaginable why God wouldn’t want to extend his grace to you. You know your secret sin. You know your faults. You know your weaknesses. But the overwhelming message of the Bible is that God’s grace is still available to you.
Romans 4:16 says, “The promise is not only for those people that live under the law of Moses. It is for anyone who lives with faith like Abraham” (ICB). In this passage, the Jews are the ones who live under the laws of Moses. This verse reminds us that God’s grace is available to all of us, not just to Jews who live under the law of Moses. It also reminds us that God’s grace is available for those who walk close to God — and those who feel very far away from him.
Everyone comes to God the same way as Abraham did. Though he was the father of the Jewish people and the greatest of the Old Testament patriarchs, the Bible says he came to God’s grace by faith.
When the Bible says that God’s grace is available to all, it gives no preconditions. It means God’s grace is available to you whether you’re a frequent church attender, a spiritual novice, rich, poor, tall, short, or somewhere in between. God’s grace is available to you by faith.
As you go about your day today, you’ll never set eyes on someone who Jesus didn’t die for — no matter how rotten of a place you enter or the mirror you look into.
The heart of Christianity is that when God sent his Son to die on a cross, he did it for everyone.
That means you, too.
Talk It Over
  • Knowing that God knows your greatest faults and failures and still extends his grace to you, how does it change your perception of yourself?
  • To what groups of people do you struggle to believe God’s grace is available?
  • What do you need to do to prepare yourself for an opportunity you may have today to share with someone about God’s grace and offer of salvation?
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