When I unwrapped today’s gift, it was almost like coming home…or sitting by a peaceful stream. Even the vowel “a” has a long, soothing sound to it. But grace is much more than sounds and feelings.
God’s grace refers to the kindness of God toward the undeserving. His mercy focuses on our helplessness or our suffering, but His grace focuses on our unworthiness.
God’s grace is completely opposite to works. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. (Eph. 2:8-9) We cannot “earn” our way into heaven by doing good works. We cannot “earn” blessings by doing good works. Salvation is given to us freely because of the grace of God.
As with the other wonderful characteristics of God, His grace is boundless and never ends. But where sin increased and abounded, grace (God’s unmerited favor) has surpassed it and increased the more and super abounded. (Romans 5:20, Amplified). The amount of God’s grace far exceeds the depth of our sin.
God’s grace works in us to help us grow to spiritual completeness and maturity. The God of all grace, who hath called us unto His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, establish, strengthen and settle you. (I Peter 5:10)
I pray that as you receive God’s grace daily, you will be blessed and will pass His grace forward.
Abba Father, thank You for Your grace. Thank you Father that You give us Your grace so that we may have grace towards others. AMEN.
© December, 2009