But God is so rich in mercy; he loved us so much that even though we were spiritually dead and doomed by our sins, he gave us back our lives again when he raised Christ from the dead - only by his undeserved favor have we ever been saved - and lifted us up from the gave into glory along with Christ, where we sit with him in the heavenly realms - all because of What Christ Jesus did. And now God can always point to us as examples of how very, very rich his kindness is, as shown in all he has done for us through Jesus Christ.
Because of his kindness you have been saved through trusting Christ. And even trusting is not of yourselves; it too is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good we have done, so none of us can take any credit for it. It is God himself who has made us what we are and given us new lives from Christ Jesus; and long ages ago he planned that we should spend these lives in helping others. Ephesians 2: 4-10 (TLB)
Beverly Varnado is from Georgia. She sat with her daughter on the beach. Close by, a young girl and boy played in the sand. The children bickered a little and the boy ran to their caretaker yelling, "She's using up all the sand!" Beverly and her daughter stifled giggles at the statement as they surveyed the expansive sandy beach around them.
But as Beverly reflected on this child's statement, she realized that she has had thoughts just as absurd. During a dark time in her life, she once believed her poor choices and sin had exhausted God's love for her. She struggled to believe otherwise. In time, Beverly learned God's love is limitless, more vast than even the sands on that beach.
The psalmist was so overcome with God's boundless love that he repeats 26 times, "His love endures forever" in Psalm 136. God's love has no limit or expiration date. It will not fail or diminish. Beverly is so grateful we can never use it up. I am grateful too. How about you?
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for your limitless love which you demonstrated through Jesus, who died for us. Help us live in a way that others may know your love, in Jesus' name. Amen.