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This month, we celebrate Thanksgiving and because of that, this is Gratitude month. When I think about gratitude, I think about the things in life that I am most grateful for. As I walk around my home looking at the countless blessings that I have around me that God has supplied, I am grateful. When I think about the people that God has put in my life that help to build me up and make me a better person, I am grateful. When I consider the path that God has allowed me to travel in this life and the things that He has graciously brought me through, I am grateful. When I count the opportunities that God has given me to be a light, a help, an encouragement, and a mentor to others, I am grateful. 

I am grateful that God has chosen me to partake in His perfect and unfailing love. Even though I am a sinner by birth and do not deserve God’s mercy, He continues to bestow it upon me as Ephesians 2 instructs.

Ephesians 2:4: But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us,

Ephesians 2:5: even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved).

God is incredibly rich in mercy and He loves us even though we were enemies to Him, even  though we are sinners and even though we never approach Him on our own- He still sacrificed His Son so that we could partake in Jesus’ incredible gift of salvation! We do not deserve His love and His mercy and yet He continues to pour it out on us.

Ephesians 2:6: and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,

Ephesians 2:7: that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.

Out of God’s divine goodness, He allows us a position in His heavenly home, where He will be able to continue to show the richness of His grace to us for all of eternity.

Ephesians 2:8: For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,

Ephesians 2:9: not of works, lest anyone should boast.

We do not deserve God’s goodness, we cannot buy it, and we cannot earn it - so God gives it to us. In His unimaginable goodness He gives us salvation through His Son. I am eternally grateful for my salvation. I know that I can never earn it, and I can never deserve it. Therefore, I am grateful for my sweet and loving Heavenly Father that has chosen to give it freely to me.