Ephesians 1:3-8 NLT
 All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ.  Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes.  God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.  So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son.  He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins.  He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding.
Reflection . . .
If you’ve ever experienced receiving grace from someone or from the Lord, you’ll understand the depth of refreshment it is. Not only are we adopted by God into His family through Jesus Christ, his glorious grace has been poured out upon us! That is such great news, such a great thing!
What is grace? Grace is a gift from God, it is receiving something that is undeserved. We are undeserving of God’s love and grace in our lives on our own merits. Why? Because we are sinners. We have a propensity toward sin and it’s God’s grace that brings us back into relationship with himself.