God’s grace is given to us as a free gift. It cannot be earned or merited.
But salvation that does not move us out of our rebellious ways is counterfeit. Repentance is a life change. It is a realization that we have been going the wrong way. It is an acknowledgement that trying to guide our own lives will always end in disappointment and disaster.
We know that God's grace is marvelous, but let's also learn that his will is gracious. As we do, we will change our behavior to reflect the character of the Father who sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins!
Merciful God, please help me turn my life over to your will. Please strengthen me with your Spirit so that I may resist temptation and reflect your holiness. Bring to life in me the fruit that reflects your salvation and your character. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.