For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.
Let's keep this simple and to the point. You did nothing to warrant, deserve or contribute to God's gracious act on your behalf. Salvation is His gift to you. Furthermore, the faith it takes to believe cannot even be produced by you. The faith it takes to believe in this gift of salvation is simply a trustful response on your part. A trustful response. He already did the work to bring you to this place of trust, and trust is your response to that work. It is not to be misconstrued as an effort or action on your part that helped the process along. It's like simply loving to be loved. You did nothing to be loved by God or to earn that love. Loving that your loved by Him is your response to a God that loves you! The Holy Spirit produces faith in us. We cannot produce it ourselves. Salvation is a gift of God's grace; it is the unmerited favor of God to you and to me. To take any credit, or to boast about any action on my part in achieving salvation is altogether out of place.
He did it all! I love that I'm loved! Kerry
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