Grace can mean many things. It can be a girl’s name or something with elegance and refinement. Goodwill. Kindness. Those words we say before a meal. However, none of those things touch on the depth and transformational power found in the grace of God.
God’s grace breaks through clutter and noise to refresh and revive the heart.
It’s not something you’ve earned, and it’s not something you can demand. It rides on the back of love. It flows freely past our wrongness, and no rules or regulations can restrain it.
Everyone wants the blessings of God, but not everyone accepts the grace of God. We like to know we deserve something—that we earned, and the award, honor, gift reflects who we are. But grace doesn’t work that way. Grace is a gift, not dependent on any action or work. It stands alone and reflects God.
We all like free stuff. Who hasn’t paused at the word “Free” in an advertisement or on a commercial? But deep down, we know nothing is ever completely free.
Everything of value has a cost. And so, we seek to measure up, to purchase, to deserve.
But grace says, “No.” She can’t be bought and is never deserved.
And as much as we want all God offers, we often flee from His magnificent grace. It’s hard to make sense of it.
Keeping score, payments, and justice, we understand.
Grace, freedom, and forgiveness are harder to grasp.
Understanding grace is especially difficult when we don’t know God very well. When we see him as a harsh judge or an old taskmaster with a tally sheet, we can’t fathom grace.
It’s also hard to embrace grace when our focus is on ourselves. Whether it’s pride about who we are or our regret over past mistakes and failures, we struggle to perceive grace’s offer to us.
Some would rather work for their keep and flaunt their goodness. Others get so stuck in their unworthiness; they never live in the middle of grace. Both miss the point.
God’s grace opens up the world. It frees us from our past and changes the future. We’re no longer relying on our own strength, but on God’s goodness. It’s not about us. It’s about Him.
It’s a free gift given to a broken person who is poor and standing in the muddy world, rain soaked without an umbrella. Grace swoops in. It opens up and covers. It clears the clouds.
It calls you by name.
Right now. Your name is on God’s lips. His hands are outstretched, and He says, “Come.”
Leave off all your accomplishments and medals. Forget your mistakes and blunders. Stretch out your arms and be seen.
Grace knows you, all of you, and it pulls you close and says, “I love you, and I want to give you more than you can ask or imagine. Will you let me?”
Say yes and see what riches God has in store for you!
Read these verses and be encouraged. The riches of God’s grace are for you.
“For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.”
“The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.”
“Thou art fairer than the children of men: grace is poured into thy lips: therefore God hath blessed thee for ever.”
“For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.”
“But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth.”
Psalms 111:4 – 111:5
“He hath made his wonderful works to be remembered: the LORD is gracious and full of compassion. He hath given meat unto them that fear him: he will ever be mindful of his covenant.”
“Gracious is the LORD, and righteous; yea, our God is merciful.”
Psalms 112:3 – 112:4
“Wealth and riches shall be in his house: and his righteousness endureth for ever. Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.”
Psalms 77:9 – 77:11
“Hath God forgotten to be gracious? hath he in anger shut up his tender mercies? Selah. And I said, This is my infirmity: but I will remember the years of the right hand of the most High. I will remember the works of the LORD: surely I will remember thy wonders of old.”
“O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.”
Popular Bible verses about grace
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift 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.”
“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”
“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”
“The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:”
“But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.”
“For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.”
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