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A season for Thanksgiving

Give thanks with a grateful heart for salvation in Christ Jesus

 

The  year 2011 is almost over and now we have arrived at Thanksgiving Day.  The day that everyone seems to slow down and reflect upon the true meaning of the day.  Like most folks I am very thankful for many things.  The most important thing that I am thankful for the grace of God through Jesus Christ.   

In the New Testament of the Bible John 3:16 says “ For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” 

I am thankful that I do not have to be good enough for God to love me.  I am thankful that Gods’ love for me is so powerful that He went out of His way to provide all of us with a path for forgiveness that only He can provide.  The path to forgiveness of sins is called Grace.  At Grace Fellowship Church in Goose Creek Grace is defined as “God’s Riches at Christ’s Expense.”   We will never fully understand the depth and breadth of God’s love on this side of eternity. 

I will never forget the day that I met Christ on a personal level.  The day that Christ revealed His immense love for me, and His desire to forgive me of my sins, and give me a new purpose and meaning to live life for.  I am thankful that God surrounded me with loving friends, that understood the importance of God’s Grace and that they led me to the cross.  

It is at the cross that I first saw the light of Gods love in my life. 

At the cross

I will never forget the intense feeling of love and acceptance that I felt as I knelt in the woods and asked God to forgive me of my sins, and to enter into my heart.  It was as if the burdens of the world were lifted off my shoulders and I had a brand new lease on life.  I was at the crossroads of a new beginning.  I remember running home with tears of joy in my eyes as I realized that God is real and that he did love me. 

I remember facing my parents on that day and telling them that I had been saved.  Their question to me was “saved from what drowning”?   My parents were unable to understand the transformation that had happened in my heart at the age of 17 because they were not able to recognize the light of God’s love yet.  

I am thankful that God set me free from the burden of sin in my life but he also put my feet on a new path.  I am thankful that God gave me a new found adventure of pursuing Him, and learning how to become a child of the kingdom of God.  I am thankful that God filled me with the power of his Holy Spirit that would enable me to live a life of obedience to His word.  

I am thankful that I have a loving God that forgives me of my sin when I do screw up and that I can start every day anew.   I am thankful that the love of God is just as abundant today as it was 2000 years ago and that if you open your mind and heart to it that you too can receive that amazing Grace.  

Amazing Grace
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