For it is by grace you have been saved. through faith and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God (Ephesians 2:8)
As a Christian woman and a member of the United Methodist Church I would like to share about God’s wonderful grace that God has given to all of us. John Wesley was the founder of the Methodist Movement and he talks about different kinds of grace. The first is called Prevenient Grace is the grace that comes to us before we know God. Through prevenient grace God takes the initiative in beginning a relationship with us. Prevenient grace is God’s way of showing us that no matter who we are or where we are, God is already their ahead of us, waiting for us. God’s prevenient grace precedes us where we go.
Justifying Grace brings a big change to the relationship we have with God, it’s like a gift which we need to open . Through justifying grace we begin to realize and trust (have faith) that we are to restored to relationship with God. We come to acknowledge our sinfulness and trust that we are forgiven by God’s grace. It is the relationship we have with his one and only son Jesus Christ, and we come to understand and realize the sacrifice on the cross he made on our behalf. To know God’s love in this way, to be touched by God’s justifying grace is a life-changing experience. It creates in us an urgency to know God, to follow in God’s way, and to trust that God is always with us.
Sanctifying Grace-One of the most controversial teachings of the early Methodist movement was that it is possible for us to realize Christian perfection in this life, perfect love, loving perfectly Wesley called this process sanctifying grace. Which means the grace that challenges believers to go deeper in faith, to love the world more energetically, and to keep growing in the knowledge and love of God.
Besides God’s word the Bible I do enjoy reading other books and the newest one I have begun to read is called Uninvited, and all to often all of us have felt this way.
“Rejection often finds its way into our hearts at an early age. Perhaps as a child you were teased mercilessly for your hair or clothes, or you received an injury and couldn’t play the sport you loved and had to watch from the sidelines, or maybe like Lysa TerKeurst, an adult who should have cared for you and nurtured you, left without explanation. These wounds dig deep into our sense of self, and can resurface in surprising ways as an adult. However, this doesn’t have to be the end of the story.
In Uninvited, Lysa shares honestly from her own struggles with rejection and gives readers concrete truths to combat the lies our old Enemy hurls our way. You can stop feeling left out, because even when you are overlooked by others, you are handpicked by God. You can change your tendencies to either fall apart or control the actions of others by adopting healthy ways to process your hurt. You are designed for a love without limits, a love that will never let go.” You can pick up this book at a bookstore or on line at CBD.com, I shop there a lot for different books and bibles. With God’s grace it is a wonderful gift from God you need only to accept it, just go to him just as you are, you don’t need to change a thing because in time God will change you from the inside out, to become the person he intended you to be.