Grace: God’s unmerited love and mercy given to us for the forgiveness of sin, regeneration, and sanctification.
For years, I, like many of you, shared one common struggle: believing, accepting, receiving, and relying on God’s grace. I just couldn’t grasp His saving grace nor his sustaining grace.
It was difficult to believe that God could or would completely forgive my sins, the ones I did and all the ones I thought about doing. So many sins, too many repetitive sins, that many sins indeed couldn’t be totally forgiven, or so I thought. That’s what happened when I tried to trust the “god in a box” that I could understand, instead of the unfathomable God the Father, the great “I Am” of the gospel.
Inside this box, His grace would never be enough. Inside this box, His love was conditional, distant, and fleeting. Inside this box, the gospel didn’t flow like streams of Living Water; it was a trickle of truth to a dry and doubting heart.
And just like many men, I made my own justice greater than God’s, which demanded that I worked to prove myself and earn His love, His favor, His grace, again and again, and again.
Be mindful that we will never receive and rely on God’s grace if we don’t believe in the omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent God of the Gospel who is our Father, Savior, Friend, and immeasurably more. God who loves you with an everlasting, unconditional love, who freely grants us grace, no matter how often we ask. Through His eyes, our sins aren’t a list of repeated failures; God sees them as one step closer to being finally free.
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. Ephesians 2:8-9
“It is the gift of God” because our effort to earn grace will never be enough.
Perhaps it’s time to re-evaluate your belief and understanding of who God truly is. Learn to believe and trust in God, who is King of Kings, Lord of Lords, Father, Savior, Friend, and wondrously more!
To guide your learning, I recommend that you begin using a daily devotional like “New Morning Mercies” by Paul David Tripp, that will help you get to know, love, and trust the God of infinite grace who was and is and always will be our “Abba.”
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