Beautiful Grace

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. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—” [Ephesians 2:7-8 NIV]

Last week I talked about sin and only mentioned grace at the end. This week I want to focus on grace. What is grace exactly? Someone suggested to my hubby and I the other day, that God cannot bless or heal if you are walking in sin. But that is precisely where grace steps in.

Grace does not condone sin or turn a blind eye to it. Grace does not ignore justice either. Grace loves and blesses in spite of our failings. It shifts the punishment onto the giver of grace.

We only need to look at life as a parent to get a small picture of how this works. Your child is behaving in disobedience and as a result hurts themselves. Or, against your advice, they make a bad financial decision and end up in difficulty. Do they deserve it? Possibly – that is justice – the consequences of their actions. Are we disappointed by their behaviour? Of course, it is only natural. But, do we withhold comfort and aid? Do we refuse to kiss their wounds? No. We take them in our arms, give them first aid and comfort or help them out with money, and gently teach them the error of their ways. That is grace. In spite of their lack of wisdom or bad decisions, we love and assist them.

And God’s grace is far more encompassing than that. Jesus took the punishment for all of our sins, fulfilling the justice required. And God teaches us, through our mistakes, how to walk a better life. He picks us up, dusts us off, and encourages us to try again to live according to His purposes.

How have you seen God’s grace at work in your own life? Thank Him for it today.

“And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.” [1 Peter 5:10 NIV]

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  1. Thank God for grace. How great it is not to have to carry the hang-ups and guilt for our shortcomings inside all the time. And how awesome to know that Jesus has taken our punishment, so we don’t need to fear being zapped by heaven with consequences.

    • I’m always so thankful for grace. I love that old saying … “there, but for the grace of God, go I.”

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