Grace

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! 

 

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Hello everyone. It has been a long day. Had to work today and then came home and planted seeds in my raised vegetable garden. Becky I went to dinner after that and so we are just now settling down for the evening. I hope each of you had a great day and enjoyed God’s beautiful sunshine and all of the trees and flowers that are starting to bud and bloom. 

It has been somewhat of a tragic week for several families in our area. The sudden death of an expectant mother and her unborn baby, an electrocution of a TVA employee and the traffic fatality of a DOT employee. The sad thing is that they were all still relatively young. It is a reminder to all of us that we are not promised the next breath. My heart goes out to the families and we all need to lift them up in our prayers.

I’m working on the final word in my series “Wonderful Words of Life” and I’m very excited about it. The word is probably the most important one and is certainly a wonderful word. As a matter of fact this word goes hand in hand with all of the other words we have studied. It is taught, preached and sung more that any other word I can think of in the Bible. Have you figured it out yet? You’re right. It is Grace! There is so much to say about God’s grace that I’m having a hard time condensing my comments down to a reasonable reading. But I will be ready for next week’s post.

Many thanks to those who have commented about the series. I am so blessed to hear from you. God bless each of you . See you next weekend.

David

 

Mercy

Definitions of the word mercy: 1) a compassion or forbearance shown especially to an offender or one subject to one’s power; 2) lenient or compassionate treatment; 3) a blessing that is an act of divine favor or compassion; 4) a fortunate circumstance; 5) compassionate treatment of those in distress

In Noah Webster’s 1828 dictionary the word mercy was defined as the act of sparing or the forbearance of a violent act expected. The first mention of the word mercy in the Bible is found in Genesis 19:16 where Lot and his family is spared from God’s judgment on Sodom and Gomorrah. The book of Psalms is full of the use of the word mercy. Examples of mercy are seen throughout the Old Testament and as we see in the New Testament, God shows His ultimate mercy on mankind by giving His Son as a perfect sacrifice for our sin. So let’s take a look at what mercy really means to the believer.

I once read or heard a story about a young soldier in Napoleon’s army that committed an act of some kind that was not acceptable for a soldier. The punishment for that type of crime was usually death but a military trial was conducted before sentencing was pronounced. The soldier’s mother had the opportunity to appear before Napoleon and while doing so she asked that he have mercy on her son. Napoleon considered the request then made the statement “Your son doesn’t deserve mercy.”; to which she replied “If he deserved it, it wouldn’t be mercy.” I don’t know the outcome of this story but it sure sheds a light on what the meaning of mercy really entails. I believe definition three above is probably the closest thing to the biblical definition.

We all need to stop and consider what a blessing it is that God has shown us such great mercy. Mercy is another one of those “Wonderful Words of Life” that is impossible to fully define and describe in words that can leave us with a full understanding of it. But God has chosen to show us mercy when we obviously don’t even deserve His consideration of our condition. His desire to have a relationship with us has brought about this mercy and we need to be constantly reminded of what He gave when He provided His only Son as the atonement for us. It is very difficult to separate God’s mercy from His love and His grace. To me these three words go hand in hand when we try to make sense of His gift of salvation. I’m so very thankful that He has demonstrated His love for us, shown His mercy towards us and by His grace has saved us because we have placed our trust in Him through faith.

To God be the glory and honor and praise forever and ever! Amen and amen!        

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Good evening to all of you. It has been a rather cool day but still a beautiful one. I didn’t get the chance to experience it like I wanted to because I had to work out at the plant today. However, I’m not complaining because I’m just very thankful to still be able to work and especially doing something I enjoy. The Lord has been so good to me!

I’m working on the next installment of our study and I have chosen the word mercy. This is another marvelous word that means so much to all of us as born again believers. Without God’s mercy we would be in deep trouble. Hopefully I will finish up this coming week and have it ready for next Saturday’s post.

The way I approach choosing the word to review is by trying to see what God is wanting to teach me through my personal daily bible study. It’s amazing how the Holy Spirit will reveal to us what we need if we keep focused on God’s word. It is so easy to let our minds wander when we read  the scriptures and I am trying to be more aware of that so I can get back to the task at hand. After I have chosen the word I spend several days just thinking about what it means to me. I don’t write anything until I’m positive that it is the right choice and then I do my research. As a result, I have been the one who has really benefited from it. And it is quite difficult to put into written language what I have learned.

As a reminder, if you have anything you would like to add I would love to hear what you have to say. Remember, iron sharpens iron and I am still too dull.

I hope all of you have a great day in the Lord tomorrow. God bless you and thank you for having such a positive impact on my life!

David