When you hear the word grace, what do you think of? I think of my Grandma. She was peaceful, humble, faithful, loving, honest, true…a Christian. I never heard her say a cross word about someone. I never heard her say a curse word. I always remember her with her bible on her lap reading or praying. She is who I look up to as a kingdom woman.
There’s beauty in grace. There’s peace in grace. Just saying the word grace brings calmness to the soul.
Grace is defined as the free, unmerited favor of God, manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings. Merriam-Webster defines it as unmerited divine assistance given to humans for their regeneration or sanctification.
Unmerited. Undeserved. Unearned. You do nothing to receive it. You have done nothing to deserve or earn it. God, in his steadfast and abundant love, gives it to you freely; but to him it was costly. His son, Jesus, paid the penalty so that we did not have to. That’s the sufficiency of grace.
In 2 Corinthians 12 Paul writes about the thorn in his flesh & how he asked for it to be removed 3 times and God did not. Why? Verses 9-10 are the answer…But he said to me, “May grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. ESV
Philippians 4:11b-13 says, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength. NIV It is not of ourselves that we endure our sufferings. It is through the sufficiency (the plenty, abundance, having enough of) of His grace that we make it thru.
How do we obtain this? First, you must surrender yourself to Christ Jesus. You must believe that you are a sinner. We all are fallen. Admit your brokenness, your inability to save yourself, your transgressions and immorality. Believe that Christ came thru the shedding of his blood to pay the penalty of sin, death. Confess that you need Him; for He is the only way to heaven. Many choose not to believe in eternity. Wouldn’t you rather place your hope in Christ and heaven than nothing? Where is the hope in that?
Marvelous grace of our loving Lord,
Grace that exceeds our sin and our guilt!
Yonder on Calvary’s mount outpoured,
There where the blood of the Lamb was spilled.
Grace, grace, God’s grace,
Grace that will pardon and cleanse within;
Grace, grace, God’s grace,
Grace that is greater than all our sin.
Marvelous, infinite, matchless grace,
Freely bestowed on all who believe!
(Grace That is Greater Than All Our Sin by Julia H. Johnston)