By: Tamika M.
"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast" Ephesians 2:8-9 (KJV)
Jesus, he truly is the reason for the season.
Jesus, he walked this earth, he died for you and me, and he gives us a chance at eternity.
Paul reminds us in the book of Ephesians of what salvation means.
It is grace saving us through us having faith.
It reminds us that the grace our Father gives is a gift.
It's a gift we do not deserve; it's a gift that works alone will not get us.
Salvation is a gift that we receive when we choose to walk in the faith that comes from the Father.
It is so amazing that the gift that comes from God calls us to have faith.
And the beauty in walking in faith is that our heart's faith response is displayed in obedience.
When we love someone, we show that love in our actions.
We do not display love merely by saying we love someone.
We display our love in the actions that we show.
And while the Bible says that our works do not save us, the Bible does remind us to keep the Father's commandments.
The Bible says in John 14:15:
"If ye love me, keep my commandments" (KJV)
While it is essential to understand salvation's truth, it is also vital to understand that God's grace and love call us to walk in obedience. The gift of salvation was paid with a cost; salvation was delivered with the blood of Jesus. He came, died, and rose. His love was in the blood, His love was on the cross, and his love is with us every day. As we walk through this holiday season, let us not forget the gift given, and as we reflect on the gift, let us not forget to walk in the truth of what that gift represents.