Devotions from Judy’s heart,

We have a new pastor coming Jan. 1st and she expressed that her call is to make God’s grace known to all people. Written up in the paper is an article that says, “Grace is the cornerstone of both her theology and her life.”  Grace is something we sing about, talk about, but may not always be easy to extend to others. One of our grandkids bought his brother a rather expensive gift for Christmas.  But recently that brother was “mean” to him several days in a row. He called me and wanted my advice as he was intent on bringing the gift back and buying him a cheaper gift, since he was “undeserving”. We talked about grace and how it is undeserved favor etc. But he was still hurting from his brother’s actions and said he was going to return the gift that day. So far he hasn’t exchanged it but will have to wait and see if grace wins out!
I have been reading in Timothy lately and in II Tim. 1:9 it says, “God saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works but according to his own purpose and Grace. This Grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the ages began.”  How blessed we are that God does not give us what we deserve but rather pours out His grace freely. Let us extend that grace to others for we are recipients of that same wondrous grace.