“Amazing Grace” … the best known hymn of all time! John Newton (1725-1807) – former slave trader, blasphemer, and profligate sinner who experienced God’s marvelous, life-transforming grace wrote the song. He never ceased to marvel at God’s great, generous, undeserved favor! If you’ve never read the book, “John Newton” by Jonathan Aitken, you really should… My quote after reading the book: “If God can save John Newton, he can save ANYONE!”
Grace brings salvation to undeserving sinners (and we ALL are sinners! Romans 3:23-25)! But it does MORE… It teaches – It trains us how to live our lives as Christ followers! It enables us to live righteous, godly lives, for the Lord in any and every age, culture and situation! It sustains us in “our blessed hope” as we wait for the Lord’s coming!
So you see, grace is not only what we get from God that we don’t deserve – it’s also EVERYTHING He freely gives us that we desperately need in order to do His will and please Him! … EVERYTHING!!! Wow!!! Hey, It’s grace from beginning to end!
I read about it this morning in the Bible during “coffee with the Lord!”
“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, Who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works!” (Titus 2:11-14 ESV)
“Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost but now I’m found,
Was blind, but now I see.
“’Twas Grace that taught,
my heart to fear.
And grace, my fears relieved.
How precious did that grace appear,
the hour I first believed.
“Through many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come.
‘Tis grace that brought me safe thus far,
and grace will lead us home.
“The Lord has promised good to me,
His word my hope secures.
He will my shield and portion be,
as long as life endures.
“When we’ve been there ten thousand years,
bright shining as the sun.
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise,
than when we first begun.”
John Newton – Traditional