Why Christmas is Special to Me: or (Why My Blog is Named Grace Dependent)

Twelve years ago, Christmas Day, I came to the end of myself and God drew me to Himself.  As I began to read Scripture, I found the epistle of Titus…and I found a description of my life:

Titus 3:3-7  For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another.  4 But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared,  5 he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit,  6 whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior,  7 so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

These are the verses behind the title of my blog.  “…justified by his grace…”  These words rang in my head so clearly when I first understood this passage.  I am declared righteous, not because I have earned some sort of recognition, but because God chose to give me what I did not deserve.  I am continually overwhelmed as I think on the grace found in Jesus Christ.

If you have not yet experienced this grace, I pray that God would make himself known to you today.  May you never be the same after being transformed by the grace of Jesus Christ.

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