For BY GRACE are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast (Eph 2:8-9)~ Sin is the death of the soul. A man dead in trespasses and sins has no desire for spiritual pleasures. As we come to realize the nature and severity of our sins, we are thrown into an endless cycle of disappointment when we realize that we, no matter how much we resolve to repent, cannot meet the standards of holiness God demands. Our own guilty conscience simply reminds us of our failures! But WHILE we were sinners – with our dead souls, Jesus covered the wages of our sin and died for us; His unselfish and ultimate act of grace. The grace that saves is the free, undeserved goodness and favor of God; and He saves, not by the works of the law, nor by the penance of man, but through faith in Christ Jesus. His grace to our soul is new life to our soul. Regenerated, we become a living soul; to live a life of holiness, through being born of God; being delivered from the guilt of sin, by pardoning and justifying grace. Our faith, our conversion, and our eternal salvation, are not of our self promoting but frivolous efforts, that we would find glory in our own vain achievements; no, all boasting is shut out. Instead, it is the free gift of God, and the effect of being quickened by His power. It was His purpose, to which He prepared us, by blessing us with the knowledge of His will, and His Holy Spirit producing such a change in us, that we should glorify God by our good conversation, and perseverance in holiness. When we realize what He has already told us, that we can’t on our own meet His standards, we turn our dependence to Him and accept and trust His grace to be our saving measure! Rather than the act of trying to do something to oppose the sin, His work, not ours, diminishes the impact of desire for that sin.. HE changes us…by His grace, we are that we are.