What is grace? Do we deserve it?
This morning, my girls and I talked about the free gift of grace. Even though we deserve to be punished, God is able to set us free from our sin. Romans 8 says ,“1Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.”
My daughter came home from youth group and asked if I would rather: admit I believe in Jesus, and die? Or deny knowing Jesus and live? Holy cow, I don’t want either one! We began to talk about how Peter denied knowing Jesus, for fear of dying, but instead Jesus showed Peter grace. In fact, Jesus told Peter “on this rock I will build my church” (Matthew 16:18).
If God can show grace to Peter, then surely he can show grace to us too. Jesus forgave Peter for lying about knowing Him, and then He put him in charge of planting churches. Can God forgive me for all my sin and still use me for His purpose and glory? Yes! But how?
Grace is: “the love and mercy given to us by God because God desires us to have it, not because of anything we have done to earn it.” (Wikipedia)
I love this definition of grace. Grace is a gift. A free gift we do not deserve. God loved us so much that He gave His Son to die for us – so that we can live. (See John 3:16, Galatians 2:20)
“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” — Galatians 2:20
A couple more examples of grace from Max Lucado in his book, Grace Happens Here:
Grace hugged the stink out of the prodigal and scared the hate out of Paul and pledges to do the same in us.
From insecure to God secure.
From regret-riddled to better-because-of-it.
From afraid-to-die to ready-to-fly.
Watch this video, “Grace Happens Here”