Words from the Heart for Monday December 12th, 2016
Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given.
John 1:16 (NIV)
Christian devotion is not to a system of rules and regulations, but to a person – Jesus Christ. In Jesus we find grace upon grace upon grace. Ask Him to reveal more of His grace to you and pray that this grace will fuel a greater worship of Him.
Investigators at Britain’s Independent Police Complaints Commission blasted law enforcement Monday for receiving vital Canadian intelligence about active pedophiles, then doing nothing about it for more than a year. The country’s top police watchdog said in a statement it “found failings” with how the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre had dealt with tips from the Toronto Police Service alerting U.K. authorities to the identities of nearly 2,400 British child exploiters. This included the names of men who would soon become some of the U.K.’s most highly publicized serial abusers. But thanks to mismanagement by the British agency, the Canadian data — sent between July 2012 and October 2013 — sat virtually untouched for months. The information could have gone unnoticed for even longer if Toronto Police had not contacted the agency in late 2013 for “an update on progress.”
There is a reason why the song Amazing Grace is so popular, and it isn’t just because it sounds good on bagpipes. There is a longing within every human heart to experience God’s grace. We long to know that we are loved by our Creator and we innately recognize that we are in need of a Saviour and Redeemer. There is a wonderful promise in John 1:16: “Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given.” John here is speaking of Jesus. And what he says is profound. It is out of Jesus’ fullness that we have all received grace. Ponder this. It is out of Jesus’ fullness that we receive grace. Jesus, the creator of universe. The Almighty God. The Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. The One in whom the fullness of the Godhead dwelt in bodily form. I could go on and on and never fully explain His greatness. And John says that out of that limitless fullness Jesus provides grace. Our need may be great, but there is nothing greater than Him, whose grace knows no measure. What a profound thought. Grace that saves us and removes every sin. Grace that redeems us and brings us into a relationship with Him. But John says there is more. He provides grace added to the grace He has already given us. Grace for today. It is yours for the asking.
These have been words from the heart.