The word “grace” appears approximately 40 (forty) times in the Old Testament and 150 (one hundred and fifty) times in the New Testament. Grace is God’s undeserved favour upon our lives, it is the foundation of the Christian life.
Sometimes we tend to think that everything depends entirely upon us and what we can do. As a result, we become frustrated and disappointed with our lives. If Apostle Paul had considered his past as a persecutor of the church, he would have been discouraged. But he was able to say, “By the grace of God, I am what I am, and his grace towards me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me” (1 Corinthians 15:10).
Whenever Paul greeted the churches in his epistles, he often began by saying, “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and Lord Jesus Christ”. Usually, he closed his letters by writing, ” The grace of our Lord Jesus is with you”. Paul knew how much the believers needed the grace of God to live out the gospel in their daily lives. Our spiritual lives start and finish by His grace.
There’s grace for our every need if we believe. It takes faith to acknowledge the grace of God in our lives. The grace of God is made available to everyone regardless of who you think you are or what you think you’ve done, you can only tap into it when you believe.
God looks at us through eyes of grace. In the Bible, we learn that God looks at His people through eyes of grace. (Proverbs 21:2) He looks at our hearts. He knows our motives, and when no one else can see anything attractive about us, He begins to move things on our behalf. “For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him”.
Have you ever considered a farm pasture in dry(winter) season? Its grass is usually brown and unattractive, very insignificant. In fact, you could pass that field day after day and not even notice it. But in the springtime, when the rains fall and the sun begins to shine on that field, the grass turns green and it becomes a lush pasture land.
That field is an example of the grace of God. You may feel that you are an insignificant person, someone the world has never noticed. But God sees and loves you. The son of God begins to shine upon you, and you not only become attractive to God, but to those around you. You begin to reproduce and bear fruit.
When God encourages His people to seek his face, he is urging them to live in such a way that his eyes can be turned in their direction. Through the grace of God, we have received the Spirit of Christ. We are no longer a slave to sin or dead in our trespasses. We have received an abundance of grace. “ For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men” (Titus 2:11).
The grace of God is free and we can not earn it. We can not work for his favour. We can never make ourselves acceptable to God. We must receive his grace through faith and come to God as we are. We are saved by grace through faith; that is believing that salvation is a free gift.
Grace is a gift of God. We must not boast about it. Grace originates with God. It can not be achieved by works. We must stop working and trying to be justified and start believing that we are justified. We have to start believing that the grace of God is available for our every need and stop struggling.
There is no insufficiency in Christ. His grace is always sufficient in all circumstances. We reign in life as kings through the abundance of grace!
God bless you.
Lovely week ahead.
Grace and Love
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