Words from the Heart for Saturday September 24th, 2016

But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.

Ephesians 4:7 (NIV)

Grace Given

We have been made unique in the family of God so that we will need one another to grow into maturity as Christians. What gifts do you have that can strengthen and encourage another’s faith? What gifts do others have that help you to grow in Christlikeness? Thank God for the uniqueness of the body of Christ!

Listen to Words from the Heart

Devotion

Many rural and remote communities in Canada lack the primary health care they need and find it challenging to attract enough doctors and nurses. As of April 2013, the Government of Canada started offering Canada Student Loan forgiveness to eligible family doctors, residents in family medicine, nurse practitioners, and nurses who work in under-served rural or remote communities. This change will help more Canadians get the health care they deserve.
Loan forgiveness can only be applied to outstanding Canada Student Loan balances. Canada Student Loans that have been converted to a line of credit, private loan, or an Ontario Medical Resident Loan, are not eligible for loan forgiveness. Canada Student Loan forgiveness applies only to the federal portion of a student loan. It does not apply to the provincial portion of a student loan.

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Sin is the great divider. At its most basic level it divides us from God, which is the ultimate destruction of relationship. But some sin also divides us from each other. This is the case with such sin as lying and cheating, stealing and killing. The ten commandments are divided into two sections – the sins that divides us from God, and the sins that divide us from others – and from God, too, of course, since all sin destroys our relationship with God who is holy, sinless, and perfect in every way. It is human nature for us to say “well, my sins aren’t as bad as his sins, or her sins! I’m better than they are.” While this may be so, each one of us is in need of God’s grace. By Jesus’ death on the Cross, God is able to forgive us and cleanse us and set us from all of our sin. Some people do need greater grace, and Paul speaks of this in Ephesians 4:7: “But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.” Jesus knows exactly what we need to be useful to Him. We are all sinners in need of God’s grace. Some of us need more of that grace than others. And some are called to special service in God’s kingdom and that requires more grace as well. God will provide all the grace you need today for forgiveness and service. In humility accept all the grace He will provide you today.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley