Abundance of Blessing

6 So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son. 7 He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. 8 He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding. Ephesians 1:6-8

Paul writes in Ephesians chapter 1 that God has blessed us with every spiritual blessing.

Blessed. Chosen. Loved.

These are the words Paul uses to describe God’s view of us!

But that’s not all. Paul continues…

Grace. Freedom. Kindness.

God has poured out his grace, purchased our freedom and showered us with kindness.

Grace means I receive God’s blessings even though I have done nothing to earn it, nor do I deserve it. Yet God has poured out his grace on us. What does that mean? Poured out represents an abundance, more than enough. God doesn’t skimp on grace. He knows how much we need and he wants us to know that there is more than enough, for me and you.

Our freedom is purchased. We’re fortunate to live in a place where we experience many freedoms that others do not. We don’t realize it at the time, but without receiving what God has done for us we are trapped in our own selfishness, trying to meet our desires in our way, living in ways God didn’t design us to live – he knows, he created us. The Bible identifies us as slaves, unable to free ourselves. But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. Romans 5:8

Our freedom is purchased, our debt is paid, our sins are forgiven.

Showered in kindness. Have you ever hurt someone? Treated someone poorly? But regardless of how you treated them, they are still kind to you? In fact, more kind to you than you deserve? God has showered us with a greater kindness. His kindness. The language here again demonstrates abundance, there’s more than enough. God knows how much we need and he has provided it.

3 All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ. Ephesians 1:3

Let this be a day of praise to God for the amazing blessings he has given to us.

Continue praying today, imagining how God looks upon you, with great joy and gratitude. Imagine God’s long, loving gaze upon you… And with that image…begin your prayer.

How will you respond to God today as you consider his many blessings and the abundance of blessings he has made available? How can you bless someone else?

Linda Waldo
Spiritual Formation Pastor| New Covenant Church
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