Grace… Just to type the word grace or say its name is somehow calming and comforting.
What is grace exactly?
For a lot of people, grace means kindness.
For many, a God of grace is preferred over a God of justice. In fact, there are many churches that preach either grace or justice to the exclusion of the other.
For some churches, God’s righteousness and justice are so maximized that His love and grace are minimized.
For other churches, God’s love and grace are emphasized to the extent that God’s righteousness and justice are ignored.
While driving today, the truth struck me that grace can only be understood in the context of justice.
What is grace, except in the context of justice?
From Dictionary.com, it says this about the noun form of grace:
Grace in the context of its verb form means:
The very definition of grace implies that justice was deserved, but that the opposite was offered.
What grace tells us about ourselves is that we were lacking grace in our natural state. In fact, we were deserving of justice.
When God grants us the noun form of grace, He is saying that He took the place that we justly deserved and the emptiness of lives, devoid of grace. He is offering to us instead His kindness, forgiveness, immunity, righteousness, and restoring to us a life now full of grace.
Not only are we granted the noun form of grace, but we are granted the verb form of it as well. The verb form of grace is what compels us and gives us the ability to walk the new life God has granted us through our salvation.
The beautiful truth about grace is that as Men & Women of the Bible says,
“The Christian life is often an awkward dance of two steps forward and three steps back; the key is that God honors our efforts in spite of our errors. As you pray, put into words your desire to be available to God. You will discover that His willingness to use you is greater than your desire to be used.“
That is grace!
God wills and desires to use us! I love the word desire because it speaks of emotion and longing. It speaks of His love for each of us personally — for you and for me.
16 And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.
24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
15 But not as the offense, so also is the free gift. For if through the offense of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.
21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.
Grace is the Gospel’s saving and transforming message for our lives.
Grace is what saves us into eternal life, and grace is what gives us the ability to live out our salvation.
May the grace being offered to you today hold the full richness of what it really means for you and for me. I, for one, can’t think of anything for which I am more grateful!