Grace is Only Understood When We Know Who We Are

graceGrace.

The unmerited favor of God.

Undeserved…unearned.

It’s important to remember that.  To remember what God’s grace really is.  But we cannot truly appreciate the gift of grace until we know how much we need it.

“As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.  All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath.”

(Ephesians 2:1-3)

While it’s difficult to admit, we’re never as good as we think we are.  There is no one deserving of the pure love and grace that God offers, but he gives it nonetheless.  Because of our Savior Jesus and his perfect sacrifice on the cross, we can receive this free gift of grace.  Max Lucado in his book Grace says, “God didn’t overlook your sins, lest he endorse them.  He didn’t punish you, lest he destroy you.  He instead found a way to punish the sin and preserve the sinner.  Jesus took your punishment and God gave you credit for Jesus’ perfection.”

Because of love, because of wisdom, because of mercy, our God saw fit to give us grace and I am genuinely thankful that he did.

“But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy,  made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.  And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus,  in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.”

(Ephesians 2:4-7)

-Joe

 

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