But because of his great love for us, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead on transgressions, it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God, not by works so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:4-10
November is the month that we here in American celebrates Thanksgiving with friends and family. During this time, it is also a time to share being thankful with all of you. Today’s scripture is taken from the New Testament in the book of Ephesians where Paul speaks on grace. Ephesus was a large, important city that naturally became the center in the area. Paul wrote this letter to the Ephesians during his two-year imprisonment in Rome.
The freely given, unmerited favor and love of God. the influence or spirit of God operating in humans to regenerate or strengthen them. a virtue or excellence of divine origin: the Christian graces. Also called state of grace. the condition of being in God’s favor or one of the elect.