This scripture below fills us with new hope. We are all sinners in need of a Savior. We are all in need of God's grace, and in this scripture we see that salvation is God's gift to us and that it is "by God's grace" that we have been saved. Here is the full scripture reading from Ephesians 2:1-10. I hope you find it as life-giving as I have. No matter what our past, God has a bright future planned and we can start right now, in this very moment, to begin living our lives in a New Way.
In Ephesians Chapter 2, St. Paul, who once persecuted, tortured and killed anyone who followed Christ, speaks to us as one who's eyes were opened by grace. In these verses "From Death to Life" St. Paul writes ...
"In the past you were spiritually dead because of your disobedience and sins. At that time you followed the world's evil way; you obeyed the ruler of the spiritual powers in space, the spirit who now controls the people who disobey God. Actually all of us were like them and lived according to our natural wishes of our own bodies and minds. In our natural condition we, like everyone else, were destined to suffer God's anger. But God's mercy is so abundant, and His Love for us is so great, that while we were spiritually dead in our disobedience He brought us to life with Christ. It is by God's grace that you have been saved. In our union with Christ Jesus He raised us up with Him to rule with Him in the heavenly world. He did this to demonstrate for all time to come the extraordinary greatness of His grace in the love He showed us in Christ Jesus. For it is by God's grace that you have been saved through faith. It is not the result of your own efforts, but God's gift, so that no one can boast about it. God has made us what we are, and in our union with Christ Jesus He has created us for a life of good deeds, which He has already prepared us to do."
We can't earn grace. It's a free gift. We can only accept it, or reject it. Jesus has won for us the grace to achieve Heaven, eternal happiness, a joy that will never fade. Let's open our Hearts to this grace and say Yes to God. Jesus loves us. And He's proven it. By His death and resurrection may we accept the Love He offers.