I mean that you have been saved by grace because you believe. You did not save yourselves. It was a gift from God. You cannot brag that you are saved by the work you have done. Ephesians 2:8–9
Sin and Grace
We have learned that God loves us and sent His Son to die for us. We have also learned that if we believe in Him, He will forgive our sins and give us the promise of heaven. This week’s verse is about how we can receive God’s gift of grace—even though we don’t deserve it.
A Thing Called Sin
The Bible tells us that we all have sin in our lives (Romans 3:23). Have you ever told a lie? Have you ever stolen anything? Have you ever said something that was unkind? Maybe you have not done something, even though you knew you should have. These are all sins. When we do these things, we often feel sad inside. And because we sin and God is perfect, we can’t ever be good enough to get to heaven on our own. Our sin actually separates us from God. Because of that sin, we deserve to be punished.
Here comes some good news: Have you ever heard of the word grace? Grace is getting something that you don’t deserve. It would be like going to the principal’s office after getting in big trouble. But instead of being punished, the principal gives you a big hug and says, “I’m going to be punished in your place.” The principal saved you from your punishment and gave you grace. Even though we sin, God saves us from our punishment (being separated from God). Then, He gives us a gift of grace—forgiveness of sins and a home in heaven with God.
God’s gift is just that—a free gift. You don’t have to be perfect, but you do have to have faith and accept this amazing gift He offers you. Have you ever told God that you believe in Him and want to take His free gift of grace? If you want to, you can tell Jesus right now:
Dear Jesus, I know I sin against You. Please forgive me for my sins and be in control of my life from now on. I believe in You. Thank You for coming into my life, forgiving my sins, and giving me a home in heaven! Please help me follow You the rest of my life. Amen.
Wow! See how God’s Word is working in you? If you have received God’s gift today, you have begun a wonderful journey with your very best Friend. Now you can talk with other Christians about being baptized and following Jesus’ example in all you do.
Let’s say it loud!
God’s Word is for me and to me, it is in me and working through me, and just like His love, it goes on and on forever!