Grace: The unmerited favor of God.
Unmerited: Not deserved.
We sing a song at our church called “Reckless Love.” In that song are the lyrics, “I couldn’t earn it. I don’t deserve it. Still You give Yourself away…” The love of God is so great and vast and beautiful, that He gives us things that we absolutely do not deserve! That’s grace. As wonderful as we are (we seem to think so anyway) there is NOTHING that you’ve done or can do to earn or deserve the gift of grace. There is no deed that you can perform to deserve the grace of God. There is no title that we possess that says we’ve earned this gift. Yes, the grace of God is a gift. He’s blessed you and I with such a wonderful thing. In this grace, there is compassion. As dirty as we are/were, Isaiah 64:6 (the Amplified Version) says, “For we all have become like one who is [ceremonially] unclean [like a leper], And all our deeds of righteousness are like filthy rags…” At our best, we’re like unto filthy rags when standing before the mirror of grace. Yet, God is so loving, kind and compassionate, that He says, “here…take this gift.” Grace. Thank You Father God for Your Grace! We can’t earn it. We don’t deserve it. We ALL need it!
I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, people who act like they don’t need or have never needed God’s grace SCARE ME! You mean to tell me that you’re THAT perfect that you’ve never been a recipient of the grace of God? Wrong! Here’s how I know. Romans 3:23 (KJV) says “For ALL have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” That covers everybody! In the words of Bishop Jeff Davis, “All means all and that’s all all means!” I’m saying this because we don’t own the right to “turn our noses up” at those who have fallen into sin, or those who have slipped up and made a mistake. It seems that SOME people who don’t drink, smoke or have illicit sex think that they’re perfect, as if those are the only sins committed. But, what about the gossiper? The liar. Sanctimonious. The one who judges everybody. The self-righteous. Let me quote myself from something I posted on my Facebook page Sunday: “Never, ever forget that at some point, you needed the grace of God extended to you. Don’t be so quick to “kill” someone because they messed up. Remember when it was you?!” If there was enough grace for US, surely there’s enough for someone else!
So how does God show grace to us? God shows grace to us through His Son, Jesus Christ. When He was on the cross, Jesus took all the punishment that we deserved and placed it on Himself. On the cross, Jesus gave us the gift of a relationship with God, something that we cannot earn by ourselves nor do we deserve. God loves His children so much that He shows them grace by Christ taking away all of the punishment that we get for disobeying God and giving us good gifts instead. Grace is being loved when you are unlovable. Grace is love coming at you that has nothing to do with you. It has everything and only to do with the lover. Through the riches of God’s grace we receive forgiveness, and it is His grace that moves us forward in our Christian walk.
“Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God…”
That my friends, is GRACE!
Until next week…..