Trying to fully explain grace is like trying to capture a butterfly with our bare hands on a windy day.
We can chase it, try to make meaning of it, try to understand it’s path, where it came from, where it leads us, only to realize that God’s grace far surpasses anything we could every truly understand or do justice with words to explain.
But, we will try anyway.
It will be helpful for us to look at a few passages that speak about grace.
In the Old Testament, Exodus 34:6-7, God reveals to Moses a picture of His character.
The Bible reads, “And the Lord passed before him and proclaimed, ‘The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering and abounding in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children’s children to the third and the fourth generation.’”
Psalm 103:10 says, “He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor punished us according to our iniquities.”
The New Testament reminds us in Romans 5:17, “For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life though the One, Jesus Christ.”
Lastly, Ephesians 1:7-8, “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence,”
What an overwhelming image of who God is in relation to who we are. I read over those passages and see some obvious realities about who I am:
- I need forgiveness from my sin
- My sins require punishment, which I have not received in appropriate measure.
- I can be redeemed through His blood.
- I can be forgiven from my sin (past, present, future)
- I can receive the benefits of grace which is lavished on me.
Even more sobering are the qualities that exude from these passages about the giver of this grace!
- My Lord is merciful and gracious.
- My Lord is patient.
- My Lord abounds in all good things and truth.
- My Lord holds mercy in his hand, ready to extend it to me when I sin and seek Him in repentance.
- My Lord is just and perfect in His discipline for me.
- God has been lenient with me when it comes to what I actually deserve.
- Jesus Christ has made abundant grace and righteousness available to me.
- Jesus has redeemed me through His blood. It is by nothing I have done.
- His grace is rich and full.
- His abundant grace is poured out on me.
- His reaction toward me has nothing to do with anything I’ve done for or to Him.
These are some hard realities to come to grips with. We want nothing more than to contribute to this lavish relationship between us and our Father, but in reality it would only damage it if we did. God knows and loves our broken state even when we don’t want Him to or allow Him to. How can that be?
Months ago I wrote the following about God’s grace towards me:
“Yes, in His grace, He walked that road with me, allowing me to try my way, to figure out what I should be doing. He didn’t get fed up, He didn’t force me to see it His way, and better yet, He didn’t leave me alone until I did figure it out…because He knew I never would. That’s His grace and love for me. He walks with me, through my wrong thinking, my stubborn efforts, and my foolish attempts. It’s His grace that keeps me close to Him, not my choices, efforts, or anything I’ve done.”
God’s grace is everything! It is what saves me, what sustains me, what redeems me.
Join us next week as we make the transition from knowing and understanding this to allowing it to change who we are.
Excited to walk this walk with you,