But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. Eph. 2:4-7
Dear heavenly Father, reading these words from Paul is like standing under Niagara Falls of grace with my mouth wide open. I’m capable of taking in only a tiny portion of the mighty waterfall of all this gospel goodness. You inundate us with daily mercies, steadfast love and eternal encouragement.
But today, what arrests my attention the most, in this passage, is your commitment to demonstrate your limitless kindness to us in Jesus—today and forever. This promise absolutely fries the circuit board of my imagination, throws fuel on the fire of my longings, and reveals the paucity of my faith.
You never get irritated or annoyed with us; you never roll your eye in disgust or exasperation; you’re never surprised at our inconsistencies or impatient with our weaknesses. You’re not stop, full bore kind towards us in Christ. I believe; help my unbelief.
Father, the revelation of your irrepressible kindness touches something very deep inside of me in this season of life. Maybe it’s because of how little kindness I see in the world today. Maybe it’s because of how much I long to be a genuinely kind man. Maybe it’s because it contradicts many wrong images I’ve had of you much of my life. By the power of the gospel, continue to rid my heart of all the false notions I’ve entertained about you.
There is no other God who would raise up dead sinners for an eternity of lavishing on them more and more of his kindness. I’m left speechless, breathless, and ever so grateful. May your kindness towards me be expressed through me today, in all of my relationships. So very Amen I pray in Jesus’ glorious and grace-full name.