Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Understanding Grace!

The dynamic of God’s grace speaks these truths:

1. That God has been reconciled to the world through Christ’s sacrifice. Romans 5:10

2. The unmerited favor, the unconditional acceptance that we receive from God - Ephesians 1:6

3. An empowerment for a task - 1 Corinthians 15:10

Taken together, these truths bring believers to a place of genuine freedom, where we are free to obey God, not to obtain His favor but because He has already given us His favor. Within His unconditional acceptance given us because of what Christ has done, we are freed from the need to monitor our behavior and loosed into the joy of knowing His friendship!

Focusing primarily on our righteousness only diverts our attention from His loveliness—which ultimately erodes our dependence on Him to produce in us the beauty of His character.

Grace underscores the generosity of God’s love, highlighting the truth that God does not coerce change by threatening us, but instead he conquers by lavishing His love upon us. His grace frees from wearying, self-generated endeavors and releases us to allow His Holy Spirit within “to will and to do for His good pleasure.” Philippians 2:13

As we journey through these next 4 weeks, may God give us all a special revelation of His wonderful grace.

“Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.”