Here is a Bible verse which I really liked! Hope you do too. Sometimes it isn't the words which impact us as readers, it might be just something we are thinking about or going through.
At any rate it is NO April Fools!
"But didn't he (Abraham) earn his right to heaven
by all the good things he did?
No, for being saved is a gift.
If a person could earn it by being good,
then it wouldn't be free---but it is!
It is GIVEN to those who do NOT work for it.
For God declares sinners to be good in his sight
if they have faith in Christ to save them from God's wrath."
~ Romans 4:4 & 5 LAB
Bible Commentary: "Some people when they earn that we are saved through faith, start to worry. 'Do I have enough faith?' they wonder. 'Is my faith strong enough to save me?' These people miss the point. It is Jesus Christ who saves us, not OUR feelings or actions, and he is strong enough to save us no matter ho weak our faith is. Jesus offers us salvation as a gift, because he loves us, not because we have earned it through our powerful faith. What, then, is the role of faith? Faith is believing and trusting in Jesus Christ, reaching out to accept his wonderful gift of salvation. Faith is effective whether it is great or small, timid or bold----because God loves us!