“Grace, sweet mystery, pursued us when we turned our backs on You.”
A few months ago, God told me that He was going to give me GRACE like never before. From that point on, I made it my mission to dive deeper into this beautiful thing called grace. Through actively searching to define this word, I have been molded and made into a more grateful, passionate, genuine, and real Christian.
The truth is grace is so big that I could NEVER put a solid definition on it. Grace is so much bigger than I ever imagined it being. This idea of grace is deeper than one or two experiences with God! You can’t pick grace up and put it down. It’s with you, it’s in you, it’s around you. We LIVE in God’s grace every single day. Grace is like a present you get to open no matter your attitude, no matter what you used to be, and no matter what day it is.
Grace is typically defined as unmerited favor from God. Grace is the presence of everything we don’t deserve — God’s love, to be saved, eternal life. Grace is all the things we enjoy freely! During my research I stumbled upon an acronym for grace and my mindset on it will never be the same. Grace is :
WOW! WOW! WOW! You’re telling me we, as Christians, are provided with grace (the riches of God) because of Jesus’s sacrifice? I believe if we saw grace for what it truly is and not some safety net to sin willingly and freely, we would open our eyes and see that grace gives us the power to say no to sin. In other words, when we sin ON PURPOSE y’all, we’re ultimately discrediting the fact that Jesus loves us enough to die for us. When we knowingly go against the Father and commit sins that break His heart, we are showing Him that we don’t care about Him sending Jesus. When we understand grace, sinning won’t even seem so appealing. When we understand grace, it won’t be hard to say no to sin, and we’ll experience freedom like never before. Why? Because grace is the POWER to say no to the enemy. It’s so beautiful that we can depend on God each day for the grace we need to live for Him!
So, here’s the next thing: grace allows us to live in the present and not in our past. We have that liberty. Why? Because God so graciously forgives us once we ask for forgiveness and vow to change. When we repent openly and genuinely, all of our sin is thrown into the depths of the sea y’all. HE FORGETS IT! If God can forgive us and throw the memory of our sin away, we can do the same. (Jeremiah 31:34, Micah 7:19) You are not bound to your past. You are not bound to your mistakes. You are not bound to the person you used to before Christ. Why? Because grace is F R E E D O M! You are free to live in the present, in the glory of God, and in His grace.
Now, grace is not to be confused with mercy. Although both REALLY make living this life a lot easier, they are very different. Grace is God giving us everything we did nothing to deserve. Mercy is God sparing us from everything we actually do deserve. Grace and mercy are pretty much partners in crime. They each cover us as children of God, but in very different ways.
Next stop: “God is the instigator of grace, and it is from Him that all other grace flows.” Because God gives us grace, it is our duty and our responsibility to show others the grace of God. No matter what we think of them, how far along they are in their walk with Christ, or if they don’t have a relationship with Him at all. Who are we that we are at liberty to judge others, be unforgiving, withhold congratulations, be spiteful towards our brothers and sisters, or gossip about them when they mess up? Do you think God failed to give praise to Jesus when He died for us? No. So, why wouldn’t your congratulate others when they do something good? Do you think God judges us when we screw up? Do you think God says to Jesus, “Let me tell you what Imani did today Jesus”, when I miss the mark? No. He doesn’t. Why? Because of grace. Because God shows His grace to you, you should show His grace to others with pleasure and with ease. When we recognize this fact, God’s grace will help us to treat others the way He treats us.
Lastly, grace makes up the difference! Because we don’t deserve it, we don’t have to do anything to get it or to keep it. We don’t have to be perfect or without flaw to come to Jesus and receive his grace. We don’t have to have it all together before we can get some of it. That’s the beauty of it. He loves us enough to provide us with His riches and glory for absolutely NO REASON and NO COST to us. Astounding!
Breaking down grace has truly caused me to live my life in new light. With this new found understanding, I hope that you guys can do the same!
As always love God, love people. And live a life that shows how thankful and grateful you are for this thing, this concept, this immense gift, this grace.