Powered By Grace
Grace – we throw that term around a lot. It’s not uncommon to hear regularly how people impute certain occurrences in their lives to the grace of God and it is the most sensible explanation; but how many of us really understand what the grace of God is – and why it is has been extended to sinful mankind.
Grace means “unmerited favor, blessing, or kindness.” We can all extend grace to others; but when the word grace is used in connection with God, it takes on a more powerful meaning. Grace is God choosing to bless us rather than curse us as our sin deserves. It is His benevolence to the undeserving, which we all are.
The only way any of us can enter into a relationship with God is because of His grace toward us. Grace began in the Garden of Eden when God killed an animal to cover the sin of Adam and Eve (Genesis 3:21). He could have killed the first humans right there for their disobedience to Him. But rather than destroy them, He chose to make a way for them to be right with Him.
Grace is the love of God shown to the unlovely; the peace of God given to the restless; the unmerited favor of God.Grace is God reaching downward to people who are inconstant rebellion against Him. Grace is unconditional love towards a person who does not deserve it.
Grace is most needed and best understood in the midst of sin, suffering, and brokenness. We live in a world of earning, deserving, and merit – where everyone is trying to earn and gain recognition from others, most of the time we seek recognition from people who don’t even matter.Some of us may even be trying to earn favour from Godand work our way into right standing with Him, but that dear friends is unattainable when it comes to our Creator. You cannot earn His favour nor be His favourite for God shows no favouritism (Romans 2:11). Nothing you ever do will be good enough for God, regardless of how good of a person you think you are; the Scripture makes it clear that “our righteous works are as filthy rags” in the eyes of God (Isaiah 64:6).
This is why everyone desperately needs His grace – it’s not about us. It is fundamentally about God: His un-coerced initiative and pervasive, extravagant demonstrations of care and favor. In grace, God gives nothing less than Himself. Grace then, is not a third thing or substance mediating between God and sinners, but is Jesus Christ in redeeming action.
Grace is important because God offered us grace by sending Jesus. Sin separates us from God. We can never bridge the gulf between us and God that was created by our sin. Romans 6:23 tells us, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus.” When we sin, we deserve an eternal death — being separated from God forever. If God gave us what we deserve, we would never be able to bridge the gap between God and us. However, grace means that God sent Jesus to die in our place and rise again so that the gulf between us and God could be closed forever.
In essence, if Jesus wasn’t executed there would be no celebration. This is why we owe our very existence to Him.Grace is a constant theme in the Bible, and it culminates in the New Testament with the coming of Jesus (John 1:17).
God shows both mercy and grace, but they are not the same. Mercy withholds a punishment we deserve; grace gives a blessing we don't deserve. We don’t deserve His grace but we need His grace. We need it first of all for salvation. Without the grace of God, we cannot have eternal life. However, we also need the grace of God for our daily walk with God. We are weak and prone to stray. Jesus told us that we can do nothing without Him (John 15:5). But God provides daily strength through His grace working in us. We should seek this grace for living for Him. Then, we should believe that He will provide what He has promised and walk with assurance that His grace is working in us.