Live a life pleasing to God and grace will be abundant

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By Pearl Harper

In Genesis 6:1-7, we read where God became so disgusted to see how his creation was living. There was wickedness, and every imagination of the thoughts of (man’s) heart was only evil continually. And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.
Genesis 6:8, “But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.”
We know Noah lived a life pleasing to God. We know Noah believed every word God spoke to him. There had never been rain upon the earth. Everything was watered by dew. God told Noah precisely what to do — and by faith, Noah did it. Think of all the years people laughed at him and mocked him. It didn’t bother Noah.
Someone I know really well makes the comment occasionally, “Why doesn’t God judge people now as he did in the Old Testament?” There is one answer. It is by grace, God’s unmerited favor.
Their reference is to Numbers 16, where Korah and Dathan rose up against Moses and Aaron. They didn’t want to follow what God wanted them to do. They wanted to do what they chose to do. They weren’t coming against Moses and Aaron. They were coming against God. Read chapter 16. The earth opened up and swallowed them alive. Their houses and all the men who pertained to Korah and Dathan. Then the earth closed and they perished from among the congregation. There are many stories where people were destroyed when they came against God in the Old Testament.
We know that grace means unmerited favor. When God sent his son to be our supreme sacrifice, it changed things. It did not make sin and living displeasing to God all right. It created a way for us to go through the son and ask forgiveness for our sins.
Peter said in Acts 15:11, “But we believe through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.”
Paul wrote in Ephesians 1:7, “In whom we have redemption through his blood (the Lord Jesus Christ) the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace.”
There are some powerful words in Romans 5:15-20, verse 19, “For as for one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.”
God loved us so much that after Adam sinned and caused man to be sinners, Jesus Christ paid our debt. If we will acknowledge and accept it, it is free.
Do you think there are things in your life that are too hard or that you can’t handle? Paul sought the lord three times about something he wanted God to remove from his life. In 2 Corinthians 12:9, “And he said unto me, my grace is sufficient for thee: my strength is made perfect in weakness.”
There are many scriptures in the Bible about how to live pleasing to God and for grace to abound in our life.
2 Corinthians 9:6-8, “But this I say, he which soweth sparingly, shall also reap sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully, shall also reap bountifully. For every man as he purposed in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity; for God loveth a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you: that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work.”
What a promise for grace to abound, and to have sufficiency in all things.
God bless.

Pearl Harper has been writing the Spiritually Speaking column for the LaFollette Press for more
than 40 years. Her column appears regularly on the Faith page.