First, of all, my name is Grace. I was born on a Tuesday night in 1942 and we had church service on that night. At that time, Dad’s were not allowed in the delivery room when a baby was born. So,nmy Dad was in church (where else would he be?) and at the time that I was born the congregation was singing the hymn: "Grace, Grace, God’s Grace". Even though my parents had another name picked out for me, my Dad believed that God had my name picked out and so I was named Grace.
Secondly, I have played the piano since I was 6 years old and there is a phrase “grace note” that is found in music theory. The character and effect of a grace note is determined by the tempo and style of the music. The idea is to use a grace note to give its main note a little lift. The best grace notes are those that are a half-step or a whole step away from the full melody note.
Thirdly, I made a commitment to Christ when I was young and as I grew in the work of the Lord I then understood His Grace and Mercy in my life.
So what does the Grace of God really mean? We speak of it often but it is very difficult to understand. We are told that it is unmerited favor. That means we did not deserve it but we received it anyhow because of His love! There is nothing we can do to make God love us more. There is nothing we can do to make God love us less. It is a mind- boggling thought that the eternal, all- powerful God loves us in spite of who we are…enough to die for us:
For scarcely for a Righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God Commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:7-8 KJV).
For those of us who are Christians, who are Believers, God’s Grace brings salvation. If we had all the wealth of the world we could not pay for one drop of the precious blood of Jesus Christ. God’s Grace is available to ALL. There is no class distinction, no culture or creed exemption. God’s Grace is accessible and obtainable for everyone.
Grace is Chesed in Hebrew which means decency, mercy and the goodness of the Lord. Grace is Charis in the Greek and it means grace, kindness and life. Jesus is God's Grace. Grace is all about what Jesus accomplished when He came to earth. Grace is putting faith in what Jesus has done. Grace is choosing to believe in the good news. Grace is putting my trust in what Jesus has done for me on the cross of Calvary. Grace is not what I do for Him. Grace is receiving the finished work of Jesus. Remember we are living the Christian life and serving the Lord by the Grace of God.
Grace is one of the most important subjects in the whole of scripture because it is by God’s Grace that we are saved and it is through Grace; through God’s help, that we are able to continue our Christian journey
(Ephesians 2:8-9) For by grace (Goodness of God) are ye Saved through Faith (Faith in Christ); and that not of yourselves (None of this is us); it is the gift of God (Gift speaks of Jesus His Son and His work on the Cross): Not of works (Man cannot earn Salvation), lest any man should boast (No boasting in ourselves only boasting in the Cross).
In his book, What’s So Amazing About Grace? Philip Yancey, tells something that happened during a British conference on comparative religions. The title of the chapter is Lovesick Father. He tells that there were experts from around the world and they were debating the question: Was there any belief that was unique to the Christian faith? They eliminated some topics such as Incarnation, Resurrection but the debate went on for quite a while until C.S. Lewis wandered into the room. He heard the commotion going on so he asked what his colleagues were discussing. They asked what is Christianity’s unique contribution among the world religions. Lewis responded, “Oh, that is easy. It is grace.”
Wow they all agreed that the notion of God’s love coming to us free of charge, no strings attached, seems to go against every instinct of humanity. All the other world religions have strings attached such as: The Buddhist eight-fold path, the Hindu doctrine of karma, the Jewish covenant, the Muslim code of law-each of these offers a way to clear approval. Only Christianity dares to make God’s love unconditional!
In the Bible a man by the name of Nicodemus came to Jesus at night and basically asked Jesus: Who are You that You do these miracles except that God be with You. Jesus answered and said: Verily, verily I say unto you except a man a man be born again he cannot see the Kingdom of God. Nicodemus was trying to understand born again but he could only relate to it that he already had a natural birth. Jesus told him yes, that man has a natural birth but man (that includes women) must also have a Spiritual Birth which comes by Faith in Jesus Christ and what He has done for us at the Cross.
If you are reading this blog and believe that you have messed up your life so badly then you are reading the right article. Go to God and tell Him that you have messed up your life. He already knows it because He has been watching you your entire life and He knows that you have wasted your years and it is time for you to come to yourself have a talk with yourself and the Lord and say “Lord I really need your forgiveness. “ There is not one prayer that saves it is the repentance and faith behind the words that lays hold of salvation. It is all about repentance and faith. Get before the Lord and admit that you are a sinner, ask for forgiveness, believe that Jesus died for you on that cross and that Jesus rose from the dead. Invite Jesus to come into your life and your heart. Trust and follow Him as your Lord and Savior.