My friend’s bank account took a dive into the negative one night; a pure oversight. As the bank began to rack up the NSF fees; they began to pray for God’s grace. The first thing that my friend did was to repent. She had vowed to stop using her debit card and had slipped in that commitment. However, in the midst of completing a Godly assignment, she slipped under pressure and used the card.
That next morning, the account was restored to normal. She learned her lesson. But, please do not misunderstand; grace is not a cover for sin or missing the mark on purpose. In other words, it will not cover your conscience free disobedience.
God dispenses it; so I can’t give you the formula for that.
It doesn’t have to sound exciting. But, guaranteed…the day will come when we’ll all be clamoring to understand more about the grace of God and how to get more! That is, if you haven’t already. That’s a fact.
It may be a surprise to know that many Christians don’t really know what grace is. They’ve heard it, they know it’s something good. Grace from God has more than one meaning, but there is one meaning that you must remember. Grace is a gift from God; it cannot be earned, we don’t deserve it and it will make a huge difference in our lives. GRACE REALLY MEANS: FAVOR, GOODWILL AND LOVING KINDNESS. We need grace more than money, more than things, we need grace everyday.
God gives the grace. We cannot tell Him how much to give us or when to give it. It is never based on what we’ve done. He can give it; He can stop the flow of it.
GOD CAN GIVE YOU MORE GRACE:
“And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” 2 Corinthians 9:8
All of this is important to know as we are about to enter into a period where God will be dishing it out…His grace ; but everyone won’t get the same amount. So it makes sense to study grace to find out what God has to say about it. Let’s look at a few scriptures:
For while the Law was given through Moses, grace (unearned, undeserved favor and spiritual blessing) and truth came through Jesus Christ. John 1: 17
***We have received grace and truth through Jesus Christ through the redemption. However, we still need more in our everyday lives. It is because of our Jesus connection that God gives us His unmerited favor. Our quest is to find out how to get more.
YOU CAN CARRY YOURSELF IN SUCH A WAY THAT OTHERS MAY RECEIVE GOD’S GRACE BY YOUR BEHAVIOR AND ACTIONS:
Let no foul or polluting language, nor evil word nor unwholesome or worthless talk [ever] come out of your mouth, but only such [speech] as is good and beneficial to the spiritual progress of others, as is fitting to the need and the occasion, that it may be a blessing and give grace (God’s favor) to those who hear it. Ephesians 4: 29
GOD’S THRONE IS CALLED THE THRONE OF GRACE…AND WE ARE TOLD TO BOLDLY COME TO IT:
Let us then fearlessly and confidently and boldly draw near to the throne of grace (the throne of God’s unmerited favor to us sinners), that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find grace to help in good time for every need [appropriate help and well-timed help, coming just when we need it]. Hebrews 4: 16
LOVING JESUS CHRIST:
Grace (God’s undeserved favor) be with all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with undying and incorruptible [love]. Amen (so let it be). Ephesians 6: 24
DON’T BE TOO PROUD:
James 4:6 (Amplified Bible)
6But He gives us more and more grace ([a]power of the Holy Spirit, to meet this evil tendency and all others fully). That is why He says, God sets Himself against the proud and haughty, but gives grace [continually] to the lowly (those who are humble enough to receive it).(A)
AS YOU SERVE GOD; HE WILL USE YOU AS A VESSEL TO ADMINISTER HIS GRACE: (I’VE SEEN IT)
“Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10
GOD WILL GIVE YOU THE GRACE TO SPEAK:
“Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” Colossians 4:6