St Paul, writing in Romans, said: ‘Now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the return you get is sanctification and its end, eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord’.

St John Chrysostom commented: ‘After speaking of the wages of sin, in the case of the blessings, he has not kept to the same order, for he does not say, the wages of good deeds, but the gift of God; to show, that it was not of themselves that they were freed, nor was it a due they received, neither yet a return, nor a recompense of labours, but by grace all these things came about’.

As we reflect on the extraordinary free gift of eternal life in Christ, let us give great thanks – not only for the magnitude of the Love of God, but also the way it is shown down to the smallest details of life. God is there – and as Corrie ten Boom said in Ravensbrűck, ‘There is no pit so deep that He is not deeper still’. May God bless your day, and shed His light upon all that you do.