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COLUMN: Amazing grace: How sweet it is!

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By C.L. Glasscock

I got up this morning singing “Amazing Grace,” and I thought about how amazing grace really is.
John Newton wrote “Amazing Grace.” John was a slave trader and was in a storm when he thought his ship was going to sink. He got down on the floor of his ship and cried out to Jesus to save him, and Jesus did not only save the ship, he came into John’s heart and saved him.
Now let’s take a look at the first verse in “Amazing Grace”: Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me; I once was lost but now I’m found, was blind but now I see.
When John Newton received Jesus Christ as his personal Savior, he really realized where he was with his life and he gave it all to Jesus and received amazing grace. After he received amazing grace, he took a look at where he came from. He was lost but Jesus found him, was blinded by the devil, but Jesus took the devil away and opened his eyes where he could see how wrong he was for living a sinful life.
Now let’s examine our life and see how amazing God’s grace is to us. I would hope it did the same things as the song says. If it did not, I’m afraid we did not get God’s grace to start with.
Romans 6:14-15: “For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under the law but under grace. What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? God forbid.”
As we look at 2 Corinthians 12, we see Paul going through a bad time.
2 Corinthians 12:7: “...there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me...”
But now let’s see what Paul did, in his bad time.
2 Corinthians 12:8-9: “For this thing I besought the Lord thrice that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, ‘My grace is sufficient for thee, for my strength is made perfect in weakness.’ Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
When we get discouraged and get to thinking, “Lord what am I going to do?” What do we do? We should do like Paul did and call upon the Lord and tell him, and I’m sure he will tell us the same thing he told Paul – “My grace is sufficient for you.”