As Paul continues his letter to the believers in Ephesus, words almost fail him as he describes the gracious lovingkindness of God and of Jesus Christ. The more we experience of God, the more we find out about the depths of His character, the more meaningful His great work of redemption and His present work of transformation in our lives becomes.

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“He is so rich in kindness and grace that He purchased our freedom with the blood of His Son and forgave our sins. He has showered His kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding.” Ephesians 1:7,8 NLT

The  depths of the oceans of God’s grace and mercy can be seen in the price He paid to purchase our freedom– the life of His dearly beloved and only begotten Son. He has thus forgiven our sins, wiping out the record of our guilt and opening the door to our living in His favor. He has broken the power of sin in our lives, enabling us, by His Holy Spirit, to live lives that are pleasing to Him. He has given us both a clean slate and the provision to keep it clean.

He has showered us, Paul says, not only with kindness, but also with wisdom and understanding. Even the foolishness of God, Paul tells us elsewhere, is wiser than the greatest wisdom of man. Through the provision of His Holy Spirit, the God Who knows the future, the God Who created everything, showers us with wisdom and understanding, filling our lives with blessings as we live to please Him. To paraphrase Paul, a godly life benefits us while yet on this earth, as well as for eternity. And the showers of God’s kindness, and wisdom, and understanding enable us to live godly lives.

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