Romans 5:2 "By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God."
2 Corinthians 12:9 "And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather
glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me."
Ephesians 2:5 "Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)"
Ephesians 2:8 "8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:"
Titus 3:7 "That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life."
What exactly is grace? A child once asked me what the difference was between grace and mercy. It is confusing.
God's grace comes from God's mercy and love. Without grace, we cannot be saved. Another word for grace would be
favor. It is God's voluntary or undeserved favor, given to us so we might be saved. We have done nothing to deserve
God's favor, yet He continues to pour out His mercy and love on us. This is the grace of God. We can't do anything to earn
it. Contrary to what some religions of the world would have you to believe, you can't work to attain it. It is freely
given by God. Look at Romans 5:2 above - we have access to His grace through what? Through our faith! He gives grace
to whomsoever He will. But we must have the faith to believe that God will save us. Ephesians 2:5 says: "by grace ye are
saved." But how? By our faith that He is able to save us! All we have to do is believe that He is able. He
freely gives the grace. He freely pours out the mercy. 2 Corinthians 12:9 says that His grace is sufficient and that His
strength is made perfect in our weakness. Titus 3:7 says that we are justified by His grace and that we should be made heirs
according to the hope of eternal life. All we have to do is reach up and take it. Then, once we have done that, all we have
to do is walk in that grace. His grace is sufficient to keep us. Although, let me say this, the grace we have today will not
be sufficient for tomorrow. We must continually draw upon His grace everyday for renewed strength. He expects us to come to
Him everyday to be renewed.
John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
Proverbs 6:20 My son, keep thy father's commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother: 21 Bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them
about thy neck. 22 When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee. 23 For the
commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:
We are said to live in the Grace Dispensation. Exactly what does that mean? Does that mean we no longer need the law?
It doesn't mean that at all. A dispensation is an exemption from the law. So living in the Grace Dispensation would mean
that we are exempt from the law. We are no longer under the law ... we are under God's Grace. His unmerited favor has
taken away the penalty of the law. If that is true, then why do we even need the law anymore? The principle role of the
law was to condemn us. Without the law there would be no condemnation. Without condemnation, there would be no feeling of
guilt and no need to repent. Without repentance there would be no remission of sin. Do you see how this goes? But without laws,
how would we know right from wrong? Christians who are living under grace may be able to rely on their conscience but
what about the rest of the world? As long as there are sinners, we still need the law. And even Christians may occasionally
get out of line and need the law to measure up. The law was given to us for a reason. We have God's commandments. In
John 14:15 Jesus told the disciples that if they loved Him they would keep His commandments. It's just as important today
for us to strive toward keeping the laws that have been set forth in the Bible and in the land which we live - even though
we live under Grace we are not above the law.
Colossians 4:6 Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.
Ephesians 4:29 "Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the
Proverbs 15:1 "A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger."
Now let's talk about our grace. If God gives His grace to us, do you think He expects us to pass that grace on to others?
We are representatives of the Most High Priest, Jesus Christ. We bear His name when we call ourselves Christians.
We should always treat others graciously. We should be courteous and speak with a soft answer. Proverbs 15:1
says grievous words stirs up anger but a soft answer turns away wrath. Colossians 4:6 says we should always let our speech
be with grace so we will know how to answer every man. There have been many times in my life that I've longed to know how to
answer someone. Have you ever stood before someone ... speechless? Try adding a little of God's grace to your speech next time
that happens. Perhaps He will give you just the right words to say! I have a feeling if everyone followed this advice, there
would never be another argument! This is extending the grace God gives to us. We can't pardon sins but we can be
gracious to others as God has commanded. Maybe they have been hateful to you, maybe they wronged you in some way.
Be gracious to them anyway. Show God's love to them. Show them kindness as God has been kind to you.
Unconditional favor; undeserved. Because you are a Christian and this is what God has given and what he expects in return.
Original Words by John Newton, 1725-1807 (verses 1-4)
John P. Rees, 1828-1900 (verse 5)
Amazing grace how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind but now I see.
'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears relieved;
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed!
Thru many dangers toils and snares
I have already come;
'Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.
The Lord has promised good to me;
His word my hope secures;
He will my shield and portion be
As long as life endures.
When we've been there ten thousand years,
Bright shining as the sun,
We've no less days to sing God's praise
Than when we'd first begun.
2 Corinthians 9:8 "And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:"
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