BCL Grow: "Make My Spirit Whole" — Ephesians 2:8

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Ephesians 2:8 (Grace)

Bible Passage

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.— Ephesians 2:8


“Not what my hands have done can save my guilty soul;
not what my toiling flesh has borne can make my spirit whole.
Not what I feel or do can give me peace with God;
not all my prayers and sighs and tears can bear my awful load.” — Horatius Bonar, Not What My Hands Have Done, first stanza.

Steps to Take

1. Ask: Do you ever get discouraged because you feel like you will fall short somehow of God’s requirements?

2. Remember: Horatius Bonar’s hymn, Not What My Hands Have Done, reflects the glorious truth of God’s grace in giving his Son Christ Jesus to save his people. People try to please God, they try to keep his law, they try to earn or merit salvation from sure eternal death—the wages of our sin. Yet, try as they might, it is God alone who saves, and he does it by the giving of his only Son to die on a cross, bearing the curse of God that we justly deserve. He saves, because we cannot. He saves because of his goodness—his steadfast love, mercy, and compassion.

3. Rejoice: The fifth stanza of Bonar’s hymn reads, “My Lord has saved my life and freely pardon gives; I love because he first loved me, I live because he lives.” Rejoice that salvation is by God’s grace alone, in Christ alone, through faith alone. Rejoice that God did not spare his own Son but gave him to save his people (Rom. 8:32). Believe and rejoice in Christ Jesus.

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