Good morning everyone. God is so good to us, He is faithful, loving and forgiving. Many times I think about what I used to be and where I am today.

As I look back over my life, it’s only by the grace of God I am still here because He lives. For those who don’t know about what the grace of God is and what it means by God’s grace, it’s God’s free and unmerited favor towards sinful humanity because He lives. Favor is God’s gracious kindness towards us because He lives.

In other words, we don’t deserve His grace but His favor kicks in because He lives. I heard someone say that favor ain’t fair. I’m so glad God favored me to be here today! I don’t deserve it but His grace and mercy brought me through. Sometimes we think just because we don’t drink alcohol or smoke dope, fornicate, or commit adultery we think we are good people and we are on our way to Heaven.

Not so! It’s the grace of God that’s going to help us get to Heaven simply because He lives! We can never be good enough to get into Heaven on our own by our good works down here on earth. It’s the unmerited grace of God through Jesus Christ that’s going to get us into Heaven because He lives. Jesus died and got up out of the grave so we can go to Heaven, that’s God’s favor through Jesus Christ.

Brothers and sisters, it’s not about us it’s all about Jesus. We all are sinners saved by grace through faith because He lives. I thank God that I don’t do some of the things I use to do. I thank Him that I don’t go some of the places I use to go. Do you know why, because He lives! I don’t talk the way I use to talk. I can face tomorrow because He lives! Yes, Jesus the Son of the Living God is not dead.

He is alive! That’s why I urge you, brothers and sisters, don’t give up on life. Don’t throw in the towel because Jesus lives and He loves you! He has a plan for your life. You might be saying, Brother Marcus you don’t know my story. You don’t know what I have done, all the sin I have committed. You are right, I don’t know. But I know someone who knows all about you and His name is Jesus. Amen.

Jesus, the man who died for our sins; the past, present, and future sins. Now that we know we are sinners He is waiting on you to ask Him for forgiveness because only God can forgive sin; not your pastor, your priest, not anyone can forgive you of your sins. Only Jesus, Son of the Living God can forgive your sin because He lives, by the way, Jesus IS God. I want to close with this; for God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.

There is a man who can wash away all of our sins as though we never did them and He won’t bring them back up in your face. Matter of fact, He will through them in the sea of forgetfulness. He will never look at them again. Every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord to the glory of God. So you can bow now or bow later. I’ll see you on your knees.


Marcus Chandler is a longtime pastor and columnist. Contact him at or (501) 908-9507.