This Grace in Which You Stand

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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 (NIV)

Even when we were dead in trespasses, [He] made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved).

There are times when we say words that we wish we could take back. Or perhaps we do something in such a way that we wish we could retrieve our actions and correct them. As these moments mount, we wonder how much longer our favor with God will last. We seek His forgiveness, but we wonder if we are in danger of exhausting God’s grace for our lives.

The truth is this: you cannot exhaust the grace of God.

He loves you even when you act unlovable. He does hold us accountable for our words and actions. When our words or actions hurt another, we need to admit what we have done and ask God and the person we have hurt to forgive us.

Humility is a sign that God’s grace is flowing unhindered through us. Realize also that grace is a gift—something God gives us and something we should give others. When you are hurt by another’s actions or words, remember the grace that God has extended to you. Forgive and allow God to restore your relationship with the other person. God desires to transform our lives by the realization that His grace never ends. We are saved by grace (Ephesians 2:5), and we are called to live grace-filled lives.

Lord, thank You for Your grace extended to me. Help me to extend grace, love, and acceptance to someone today. 

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 2:1–10

Key Verse: Ephesians 2:5

Your Turn

When is the last time you thanked God for His grace toward you? Take time to do this, and extend grace, love, and acceptance to another today. Please leave your comments below. We would love to hear from you!

Charles Stanley

Dr. Charles F. Stanley has been senior pastor of the First Baptist Church of Atlanta since 1971. He is the author of fifty books with more than 6.5 million copies sold. In Touch with Dr. Charles Stanley is broadcast on radio and television in fifty languages around the world.

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