For it is by Grace you have been saved, through faith and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.
Dear Friends in Christ,
My journey with all of you has been so memorable and enlightening. Indeed, it is great joy to realize that God saved us and made us the partakers in the fellowship of His Son. I personally feel that I am the most unworthy person that God could love, but He loved me unconditionally.
Mission India has witnessed such a story of God’s unconditional love in the life of a young man, Mr. Suraj Gaikwad (27 years old). He describes his life as a big mess before accepting Jesus Christ. When Suraj was a small kid, he fell into bad company and left his schooling and got into bad habits. His ended up becoming a chain smoker and regular alcoholic. His habit of constant association with the wrong friends always kept him away from his family and turned him into a quarrelsome man. His parents compelled him to marry a local woman named Kavita, in the hopes that his new family responsibility would spawn some changes in his life. Soon Suraj and Kavita were blessed with a baby girl, Diya and son, Devansh. However, having a new family did not change Suraj’s ways. Even Kavita’s life was in danger. In order to feed his family, Suraj started selling utensils. Despite of his popularity as a goon in the locality, his bad habits made him restless and left him discontent.
Eight months ago, his wife came to know about Jesus Christ and started praying for his transformation. She started sharing God’s word with him. Gradually he too felt that he was not happy doing those things that he used to enjoy once. In the month of December he suddenly fell sick and was hospitalized. The doctor diagnosed it as dengue. He was not recovering and used to hear voices saying that he will not make it and die. Meanwhile someone poisoned his cows and goats at home and his bike was stolen. His family was sure that it was witchcraft. One day while sleeping he saw a vision that something was pulling him, but he saw a bright light in the room that saved him. When he woke up, he became sure that Jesus wanted to save him. He asked his wife to read the Bible for him. Soon he surrendered his life to Jesus and from that moment he got an unexpected improvement in his health. His Pastor helped him to know his new life in Christ.
Today Suraj is so amazed how God could show him mercy and forgiveness for which he was not worthy. He has clearly understood the gift of grace that he has received from God. In Ephesians 2:8, Paul beautifully writes, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.” Irrespective of our backgrounds, God loved sinners like us, sent His only son to die on the cross on our behalf so that through him we all may receive life in abundance for which we were not worthy at all. But yes! This life is a free gift of God’s grace. Let us rejoice in God for his immeasurable love and live up to the mark in response to His love. I would appreciate your continuous prayer for Suraj, so that his entire family may grow in the knowledge of God.
Prayer of the Day: Teach us Oh Lord to trust in your saving grace and not to depend on our abilities.
Quote of the Day: “God’s grace is not an excuse to sin, but rather a reason to love and serve Him more fully”