Grace, Speaks of the FAVOR of God, it is a GIFT, that cannot be earned, merited, bought, or inherited. It is Gifted to the unworthy, and undeserving, so there can be no self-boasting. It is all of God! Grace also speaks of His EMPOWERING, SPIRITUALLY STRENGTHENING as well as His KINDNESS, which these accompanying verses speak of, depending on the context.
Grace is not an “entity” in itself, like some particle flying out in space, unattached,with no connection to God, but it is God Himself lovingly In action, intimately, personally, benevolently, expansive in kindness, bestowing His favor, empowering. … Grace is God in action! Grace has an effect on a life…
- Our STANDING (position) with God is PERFECT, it is our UNDERSTANDING that is often FAULTY and needs to change… For example…
1.-HIS GRACE to SAVE ME
“For it is by GRACE you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is THE GIFT OF GOD— not by works, so that no one can boast.”
– (Eph 2:8-9)
2.- HIS GRACE THAT IS GREATER THAN MY SIN
“God’s law was given so that all people could see how sinful they were. But as people sinned more and more, God’s wonderful GRACE BECAME MORE ABUNDANT. So just as sin ruled over all people and brought them to death, now God’s WONDERFUL GRACE RULES-instead, giving us right standing with God and resulting in eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
-(Romans 5:20-21 NLT)
3.- HIS GRACE – IS STANDING IN GOD’S ETERNAL FAVOR-
“through whom we have gained access by faith INTO THIS GRACE IN WHICH WE NOW STAND. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God.”-( Romans 5:2). Your STANDING ( Position) with God is eternally secure, you no longer stand in condemnation but in the eternal favor of God. Our STANDING with God is eternally secure, it is our UNDERSTANDING that we need to grow in….
4.-HIS GRACE THAT SUSTAINS ME IN SUFFERING.
“Each time He said, “MY GRACE is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. “- (2 Cor 12:9)
5.- HIS GRACE THAT STRENGTHENS ME TO SERVE
“Timothy, my dear son, BE STRONG THROUGH THE GRACE THAT GOD GIVES YOU in Christ Jesus. You have heard me teach things that have been confirmed by many reliable witnesses. Now TEACH THESE TRUTHS to other trustworthy people who will be able to pass them on to others.”-(2 Timothy 2;1-2)
6.- HIS GRACE TO SHARE- CHEERFULLY, SACRIFICIALLY TO MEET THE NEEDS OF OTHERS-
“And now, brothers and sisters, we want you to know about THE GRACE THAT GOD HAS GIVEN the Macedonian churches. In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. For I testify THEY GAVE AS MUCH AS THEY WERE ABLE, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of SHARING in this service to the Lord’s people. And they exceeded our expectations: They GAVE THEMSELVES FIRST IF ALL TO the Lord, and then by the will of God also to us.”-( 2 Cor 8:1-5)
7.- HIS GRACE THAT ABOUNDS
“God is able to make ALL GRACE ABOUND TO YOU, SO THAT in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work” (2 Cor 9:8). You may not have all you want BUT you will have all that you need, So that you can abound in Helping those in need. You have been given to meet your need and the ability to help others in need – and this was the collective solitude of the saints to be able to do so . Abounding Grace!:)
8.- HIS GRACE THAT IS TRANSFORMING ME
“For THE GRACE OF GOD HAS APPEARED that offers salvation to all people. IT TEACHES US to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ,”-(Titus 2:11-13)
9.- HIS GRACE MAKES IT POSSIBLE AND A NECESSITY FOR SPIRITUAL GROWTH
““But GROW IN THE GRACE and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”-(2 Peter 3:18)
Oh, how we can thank Him that He who has begun a good work in us will complete it (Read Phil 2:13) “ For it is GOF who is at work IN YOU giving you the DESIRE and the POWER to do what pleases Him.”-(Phil 2:13)
- We can thank Him for His graciousness extended to us moment by moment
- Saved by His Grace,
- Greater than my sin
- Stand in His Grace.
- Sustained by His Grace,
- Strengthened to Serve by His Grace,
- Share by His Grace,
- Grace that abounds so you will always have enough to do good,
- His Grace that Sanctifies- transforms us!
- His Grace makes Spiritual Growth A Necessity
- And all because of the Graciousness of our God.
Take your time and go back and thank Him for His Grace in each case mentioned!
“Grace, grace, God’s grace,
Grace that will pardon and cleanse within;
Grace, grace, God’s grace,
Grace that is greater than all our sin!
Marvelous, infinite, matchless grace,
Freely bestowed on all who believe!
You that are longing to see His face,
Will you this moment His grace receive”
- You STAND IN God’s Grace, NOW Share with others your UNDERSTANDING of His Grace, to encourage them, strengthen them, and to THANK HIM… for His Amazing Grace!-