My favorite word in the dictionary is “grace”. Its meaning, according to A.W. Tozer is, “the good pleasure of God that inclines him to bestow benefits on the undeserving”.
Let me break it down for you.
Grace is the good pleasure of God that inclines him to bestow benefits on the undeserving.
Grace is unmerited favor.
Favor for those who do not deserve it.
As in you and me.
Grace means that God loves us no matter what. It means that no matter how many times we’ve messed up and let God down, He won’t stop loving us. Isn’t that amazing? (Amazing grace, get it? I’m so punny, I know.) Grace means that God loves us and is merciful towards us even though we don’t deserve it. We are sinners, we make mistakes, we mess up- and yet God loves us all the same.
And this is the best part- you can’t earn grace. You don’t deserve it, but God extends it to you anyway.
If you’re reading this, and if you’re understanding what I’m saying, you should be dancing around and jumping and singing because God is giving you the best gift that you could ever have.
Go on. Dance. I’ll wait.
Now, just because God loves us and extends his grace towards us, it doesn’t mean that we can continue to sin and think that He’ll forgive us later.
“Well then, should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more of His wonderful grace? Of course not! Since we have died to sin, how can we continue to live in it? Or have you forgotten that when we were joined with Christ Jesus in baptism, we joined Him in His death? For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives. Since we have been united with Him in His death, we will also be raised to life as He was. We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin.”
(Romans 6:1-7, NLT)
This doesn’t mean that we won’t make mistakes. It means that God’s grace should make us want to leave our sins behind, let God work in us and live lives that glorify Him. I love what Jenn Arman says about this: “The point of grace isn’t for us to live however we want because we know God will take us back. The point of grace is God’s acknowledgment of our humanity. God knows we aren’t perfect, but He expects us to patiently allow Him to work in our lives and constantly make us perfect”.
Let His grace work in you.
I’ll leave you with some of the most amazing lyrics ever:
Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.
‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears relieved.
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed.
Through many dangers, toils and snares
I have already come;
‘Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far
And grace will lead me home.
The Lord has promised good to me
His word my hope secures;
He will my shield and portion be,
As long as life endures.
Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
and mortal life shall cease,
I shall possess within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.
When we’ve been there ten thousand years
Bright shining as the sun,
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
Than when we’ve first begun.
Isn’t grace amazing?
- Gigantic Grace (truthanchors.wordpress.com)
- Amazing Grace (jbuworshiparts.wordpress.com)
- Grace Revisited (fivesixteenforfaith.wordpress.com)