Grace is not typically a characteristic we find among the relationships the world has with one another. Grace is demanded when it comes to their own failures, but giving grace is in short order. Additionally, the grace of God is often trampled upon as a means to do what we want with our lives without the thought of consequences. Instead, believers should be filled with gratefulness, always thanking God for His grace!
The believer has a deeper understanding of the grace of God. One that changes our actions and attitudes but also causes us to continually thank God for His grace. Knowing that God has blessed us from a heart of love changes our perspective of this important aspect. Grace changes our lives!
I can only imagine what Moses must have experienced when God revealed Himself declaring His heart. Even though Moses asked for this encounter, I would think that he would be overwhelmed with emotion. I believe that Moses would respond by thanking God for His grace!
Show me your glory!
The book of Exodus tells us that: “The LORD passed in front of Moses, calling out, “Yahweh! The LORD! The God of compassion and mercy! I am slow to anger and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness.” Exodus 34:6 (NLT)
So, how do you describe the grace of God? First, it is the unmerited and undeserved favor God has given to sinners. Secondly, it is a display of love like nothing else, to love someone enough to extend grace and forgiveness toward them. Finally, it is a quality that permeates the Bible and must be a primary characteristic of those who are believers.
God’s love and grace have been understood by those who believe in their own lives. Because they recognize that if it wasn’t for God’s grace, they would not have salvation and a new relationship with God. Additionally, they also understand that they didn’t deserve it, but it was given as a gift from the heart of the Father.
Grace is a Focus of Praise for Believers
Throughout scripture, this verse is quoted several times. Paul, for example, shared how grateful he was for the abundant and overwhelming grace of God when he said: Oh, how generous and gracious our Lord was! He filled me with the faith and love that come from Christ Jesus. 1 Timothy 1:14 (NLT) John also writes, “From his abundance, we have all received one gracious blessing after another.” John 1:16 (NLT)
Thanking God for His grace is a theme throughout our worship music, writings, and is often shared through testimonies. God’s free, undeserved and unearned favor that He shows us is not because we are worthy, but because of God’s love, He wants to give it.
For the believer, saving grace and sustaining grace have been given by God!
We know that it is because of the generosity of God that we have been given the opportunity to experience saving grace. “For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time—to show us his grace through Christ Jesus.” 2 Timothy 1:9 (NLT)
Additionally, the believer recognizes how undeserving they are for the grace that has been given. By faith, they believe that God is gracious enough to forgive them. Therefore, because of the grace of God and the faith of the believer, salvation is realized. “God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God.” Ephesians 2:8 (NLT)
Because God knows we will need support in living for Him, He also gives sustaining grace. In other words, we now live in the grace of God. He alone helps believers to live the kind of life that God desires. When Paul asked for God to remove a “thorn in the flesh, the Paul stated, “Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses so that the power of Christ can work through me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NLT)
Grace is a gift from God!
Because grace is a gift from God, we understand that there is nothing we can do that would make us worthy of the gift. With a grateful heart, we will walk humbly in the gift of grace! He has saved us in spite of our sin and sustains us in spite of our failures. We have nothing to boast about concerning our worthiness, rather our worship is in the God of generosity!
We don’t play the major role. If we did, we’d probably go around bragging that we’d done the whole thing! Ephesians 2:9 (The Message)
Take time today to thank God for His grace in saving and sustaining you. Share your story of grace with others so that they will have the opportunity to experience it as well! Then, worship God with all of your heart as you realize how valuable the gift of grace is!
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