Definitions of the word grace: 1) unmerited divine assistance given humans for their regeneration or sanctification; 2) a virtue coming from God; 3) a state of sanctification through divine grace; 4) a special favor; 5) a disposition to or an act or instance of kindness, courtesy or clemency; 6) a temporary exemption; 7) a charming or attractive trait or characteristic; 8) a pleasing appearance or affect; 9) ease and suppleness of movement or bearing; 10) a short prayer at a meal asking a blessing or giving thanks
Grace. It’s amazing! Grace. It’s wonderful! Grace. It’s matchless! Grace. It pardons! Grace. It cleanses! Grace. It’s greater than all my sin! All of these words are found in songs that most of us have sung for many years. Did you ever stop to think why the writers of theses old hymns penned these descriptive words for grace? I believe it is because they had experienced that grace from God and realized it was something that they didn’t deserve or earn. Every time I hear those songs, the first thought I have is how could I ever deserve the unmerited favor of Almighty God. The answer is simple. I can’t!
Grace is probably the most ‘wonderful word of life’ that we have looked at. Without the grace of God we would never have any hope of a relationship with Him. It is another one of those words that to attempt to define it we can’t really do it justice. We don’t fully understand why God would create man knowing he would sin and bring judgment upon himself. We don’t fully understand why He would show man His favor without man having to earn it in some way. As a matter of fact, there are many things about God that I don’t understand but I have put all my thrust in Him. I believe what He said even if I can’t make heads or tails of it. The Bible plainly states that we are saved by grace through faith and that not of ourselves but it is the gift of God. What is the gift? It’s grace! When I put my faith and trust in Him I accepted His gift of grace. Here we could walk the Roman Road to share the supporting verses explaining the gospel message and we would see that there has only been one person in all of history to deserve God’s favor. That man was Jesus! All God and all man at the same time. He did the will of His father at all times even to the cross. Through Him God’s gift of grace has been made available to us.
God’s grace is not just His saving grace but includes His sustaining grace. In other words, it’s a complete package of all that we need for salvation and for living out our lives for Him. The Bible says that His grace is sufficient in all things which includes our times of sorrow and discouragement. His grace is our help in times of trouble and our antidote to our spiritual diseases. He is our Savior (Jesus) and our helper (Holy Spirit) and it’s all because of His marvelous grace. Thanks be to God the Father for His grace! Amen and amen!