Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Tuesday Family Devotion - Word of Grace

Scripture Reading - Ephesians 2:8-9

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.

Thought of the Day
Have you ever been given something even when you didn’t deserve it? Have you been forgiven when you’ve said something mean or when you didn’t obey your parents? We know that God has given us a LOT of gifts. He made us and loves us, just like our parents do. But sometimes we don’t act very nice to Him or to others. We do things wrong. If we were judged only by what we did, we would all be in trouble because we’ve all done things wrong. But one of God’s biggest gifts and most powerful Word’s is GRACE. Grace means that we are forgiven and loved even when we don’t deserve it. We have faith that we’ve been given grace since Jesus died on the cross for our sins.

Discussion questions
1. Imagine that you had to do the exact right thing your WHOLE life. Do you think you could do it? Would it be hard?

2. Would it be easier to try to be good knowing that you would be forgiven if you couldn’t?

Dear Jesus,
Thank you for dying on the cross for our sins. We know that we couldn’t hope to be good enough to earn your forgiveness, so thank you for forgiving us when we sin. We all need your grace and we know we are blessed to have it. Help us try to be good, but when we aren’t, give us the faith to remember that you’ve already forgiven us because of your grace. AMEN.

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