By Cindy, America
Grace is from God, and refers to His care and protection, pity and love for mankind. It includes material blessings and even more the sustenance of life. Since God created us humans, His grace has always accompanied us. Counting God’s grace, many brothers and sisters will say: “God has cured my sickness; He protects my family from sickness and disaster; He makes everything go smoothly in my family and makes my family happy; He has provided me with enough food, clothes or things that can be used, and I’m not lacking anything. …” All of these are God’s grace. What God bestows upon us is indeed abundant, rich, and beyond number. God’s deeds truly are wonderful. However, what is most beneficial for our lives is God’s words. God’s words can serve as the power of our life, shows us the way of practice and guide us in living under His protection and blessing. As long as we live by God’s words, we will gain life and God’s grace and blessings, live in God’s light, and be freed from Satan’s harm.
When Adam and Eve obeyed God’s words, they received God’s grace and blessings.
Adam and Eve
After God created our ancestors Adam and Eve, He set them in the Garden of Eden, and told them: “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you shall not eat of it: for in the day that you eat thereof you shall surely die” (Genesis 2:16–17). Adam and Eve acted accordingly after hearing God’s words. They plucked and ate fruit from the trees in the Garden of Eden except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. They watched over the plants and animals there, loved each other, and lived in peace and happiness. However, one day, the serpent came to tempt them to eat the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, and because of their lack of discernment, they fell for Satan’s crafty scheme—they defied God’s words and ate the fruit, which God had forbidden them to eat. As a result, they were driven out of the Garden of Eden; thereafter, they had to suffer the pain of labor, and sweat to provide for their family. This is the result of their defying God’s words—they lost God’s grace and blessings.
In the Old Testament era, when people kept God’s laws and commandments, they received God’s grace and blessings.
In the age of the Old Testament, people didn’t know how to conduct their lives, so Jehovah God proclaimed laws and commandments, telling them how to live, how to worship God, what kind of person God blesses, what kind of person God curses, and what sin is. All the words of Jehovah God were what man needed and what they should follow. When the Israelites acted in accordance with the laws, they received God’s grace and blessings: They lived peacefully together on earth, and God was with them at all times, caring for and protecting them. As it says in the Bible, “And keep the charge of Jehovah your God, to walk in His ways, to keep His statutes, and His commandments, and His judgments, and His testimonies, as it is written in the law of Moses, that you may prosper in all that you do, and wherever you turn yourself” (1 Kings 2:3).
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He is the son of God.
Son of man.
Savior of the world.
Prince of peace.
Comforter of our hearts.
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