Amazing Grace (by Pastor Mark Parsons)
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God’s grace is truly amazing in light of man’s long history of rebellion and disobedience toward Him. Romans 3:23 says that, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” In Romans 6:23, “The wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” That’s grace. “God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense.” See Romans 10:9. Grace has also been described as favor or kindness shown without regard to the worth or merit of the one who receives it and in spite of what that person deserves. It is God’s unmerited favor.
God’s grace was certainly shed upon John Newton who wrote the song “Amazing Grace.” On May 10, 1748, John Newton, Captain of a slave ship, was on his way home when he encountered a life-threatening violent storm. When all seemed lost and the ship was about to sink, Newton cried out, “Lord, have mercy upon us.” Later in his cabin he reflected on what he had said and began to believe that God spoke to him through the storm and that grace had begun to work for him.
Can you say today, along with John Newton, “Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me…”?
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