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Getting To Know Grace

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What is grace? Grace is the fact that God does not give us what we deserve. He treats us better than we deserve to be treated. He blesses us even when we deserve to be cursed. He gives us life when we deserve death. Our salvation is only because of God’s grace. Paul puts it this way in Eph. 2:4-9.

But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

What is grace? It is God’s rich mercy. It is his great love. It is the fact that he loved us even when we did not love him. Grace is God’s salvation for us. He placed us in Christ and in his kingdom when we did not deserve either. Grace is not something we can earn or buy. It is a gift. It is not something we work for. It is something we receive.

Grace is hard for some people, including myself. I am grateful for the things people do for me, but I do not like to be in someone’s debt. Each time I receive something that is free I often feel like there are strings attached. I think to myself, “What are they trying to get me to buy?” or “What do they want me to do for them now?” Grace is a difficult concept for some of us, because there are no strings attached. This is what makes it grace!

Grace is at the core of the gospel. It is at the heart of the story of the Bible. Time and time again, God gives his people, he gives us, what we do not deserve. God is rich in mercy and full of grace. It is important that we spend some time taking this in and meditating upon it. We do not earn God’s love. He loved us and continues to love us even when we do not love him. God’s grace frees us to become a new and different person. God’s grace is the only thing that has the potential of changing this world. As long as we treat people the way they deserve to be treated this world will continue as it is, but when we show people grace things begin to change. When we show people God’s love and grace and we treat them as they do not deserve to be treated, then this has the potential to transform people’s lives. God’s grace is powerful and the more we come to understand it and replicate it in the world, the more blessed we will be.

“I do not at all understand the mystery of grace – only that it meets us where we are but does not leave us where it found us.” Anne Lamott

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