Thought of the Day March 18, 2021 Our response to the gift of salvation

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"Work with anxious concern to achieve your salvation. It is God who, in his good will toward you, gegets in you any measure of desire or achievement"(Philippians 2:12).

Yesterday, we reflected on the revealed truth that salvation is a grace-work of Jesus. Through his death and resurrection he reveals the depth of God's mercy. Salvation is a total gift, which we can't merit. Yet, we are called to respond to this gracious gift. Paul shows the  urgency and the necessity for this response. "Work with anxious concern to achieve your salvation."

From the time of our Baptism until our last breath, this should be our constant concern. In his Letter to the Ephesians, Paul said, "And so, as a prisoner in the Lord, I beg you to live in a manner worthy of the vocation to which you have been called" (Ephesians 4:1). How? Again we turn to the revelation of God through the words of the Spirit to Paul. "Let everything whatsoever that you do, whether in word or in deed, be done all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, giving thanks to God the Father through him" (Colossians 3:17). Are you conscious of this gift from God? Are you responding to the gift of salvation? How? Is it a priority in your life? 

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