Thought for the Day – Thursday 6th August

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As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.

Matthew 10 : 7 – 8

Grace! It all comes down to Grace. Within the Christian faith you cannot earn your way to salvation, nor can you demand anything from God because you are better than anyone else. Everything we have and everything we are promised is given as the free gift of God himself.

When Jesus sent out his followers he expected them to do amazing things but always to do them depending on the grace of God. No payment was asked, nor were any favours to be looked for. How different is that to our world where so often it is ‘you scratch my back and I will scratch yours’.

Do you think that depending on God’s grace you can do something amazing today? Who can you speak to about Jesus? What behaviour of your own might you change? What difference might you make out in the wider world? You never know what amazing things God might do in your life or through your life. That’s what is so amazing about GRACE!

Prayer: Heavenly Father you do not owe me anything, yet you love me without limit. I cannot demand anything from you, yet your generosity knows no measure. Help me today to be a conduit of your grace to others.

Action: Do something for someone without any expectation of getting anything in return.