God, who is rich in mercy,
because of the great love he had for us,
even when we were dead in our transgressions,
brought us to life with Christ. – Ephesians 2: 4 – 5
Today is the fourth Sunday of Lent, and in both the Second Reading from St Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, and the Gospel from John 3, we learn about God’s unfailing love and mercy.
St Paul’s letter to the Ephesians reminds us of how we’ve been saved by the grace of God.
It shows us the depth of God’s mercy, that even in our ‘deadness’ caused by sin, God sent His Only Son to save us.
By giving the life of Jesus up for us on the cross, God restored us back to a life of grace with Him.
This is why the gift of salvation is a free gift from God to us.
We can never attain it by our works or by our actions.
We are called to accept freely the saving work of Jesus on the cross and in humility walk in newness of life before Him.
This newness of life is what transforms our works, from being selfish or self-centred to being selfless and God-centred.
As we walk with a new purpose for our lives, with our hearts fixed firmly on the Lord Jesus and His Saving Grace, we obtain immeasurable merits for our souls and the souls of others.
It is then, as Christ Jesus has commanded us, that we begin to bear fruit, fruit that will abide.
Today, let us again remember God’s unfailing mercy and tap into this.
Let us tap into His mercy for our lives.
Let us tap into His mercy for those in our families, who are far from Him, asking Him to touch their hearts with His Grace of conversion and repentance.
Let us tap into His mercy for His Church throughout the world, asking Him to heal and transform our works of service, into worthy fruits for His Kingdom.
Let us tap into His mercy for all the world, seeking His grace of new life in Christ Jesus for all those who refuse His mercy and His authority.
Let us trust that in His omnipotent mercy, He would hear us, He would answer us, He would deliver us, and He would save us.
Merciful Father, today as we celebrate Your immense mercy and saving grace through Your Son Jesus, we ask for a new season to be ushered into our lives from Heaven.
Send us a new season Father, from Your Heavenly Throne.
A new season of grace, mercy, consolation and restoration.
A new season for our lives.
A new season for our families.
A new season for Your Church.
A new season for the world.
As You did in the days of old through Cyrus, the king of Persia, do today again Lord in our time.
And show us even greater restoration than experienced by Your people, in the time of Cyrus.
As we experience a fresh restoration in Jesus Christ, Your Son, and our Saviour.
Thank You Father for hearing our prayers, in Jesus Name, we pray.
Always & Forever,
To The Lamb.
With all my love.