Words from the Heart for Thursday March 30th, 2017
But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved.)
Ephesians 2:4-5 (NKJV)
Listen again to the words: “rich in mercy,” “great love”, “alive with Christ”—no wonder we love to sing “Amazing grace, how sweet the sound.” He has done this all for us. Amazing grace truly is our theme song.
The Thomsons remain Canada’s wealthiest family in spite of the challenges of being a media empire in these days of constant change. Thomson Reuters stock hit a rough patch in early 2016 but gained back all it had lost over the rest of the year. And while the company announced late in 2016 that it was cutting 4000 jobs around the globe, in Canada the picture is much rosier. A new technology lab in Toronto is expected to add 400 positions to its payroll in the next two years, with a goal of an additional 1100 jobs later on. The family now has a net worth of almost 40 billion dollars, a long way from their beginning in the early 1930’s when Roy Thomson started a radio station in North Bay, Ontario hoping to sell more radios.
There is one word that sets Christianity apart from all other faiths. The word is grace. Every other faith system has, to one degree or another, has an aspect of works and service in order to earn favour with the divine. The challenge is that this can never lead to peace within, because we never know if we have done enough, served enough, loved enough, suffered enough to catch God’s attention and gain His love. The Bible tells us that no matter how hard we work and strive at pleasing God, our good works are useless. The reason is that our sin separates us from God, and that gulf between God and us can only be crossed by God’s action and not ours. Fortunately, God loves us enough to do all that was necessary for the divide of sin to be crossed. Paul the apostle tells us how in Ephesians 2:4-5: “But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved.)” Our salvation depends completely on the richness of God’s mercy and His great love for us. It was that mercy and love that drove Jesus to the cross. It was God’s mercy and love that brought Jesus back from the grave and guarantees eternal life. Our salvation is all God’s doing. That is grace.
These have been words from the heart.