The Grace of God
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:8-10)
Grace (charis, Gk.) is described in its most basic form as divine favor, mercy, an undeserved love, loving-kindness, and clear description of God’s interaction with mankind. This is astounding when we properly understand even a little of who is dealing graciously with us. In our day, many of us operate spiritually out of a sense of entitlement or selfishness. We automatically see situations in light of a “what’s in it for me?” mentality. By thinking like this, we presume upon God’s grace, and easily forget our true sinfulness and guilt (Romans 2:4). This presumption assumes that God in fact owes us something. We begin thinking that God owes us salvation because of our excellent church attendance and giving record. Or we believe God owes us an economically stable life because we aren't bad like everyone else, we don’t swear, watch R-rated movies, or vote for the wrong political candidates. This is a grievously sinful mentality, and it is all too easy for us to presume upon God’s grace. The reality of our situation is this: we, “his workmanship”, created in Christ Jesus for good works”, owe God everything, while he owes us nothing! We are saved by grace “through faith” in Jesus; don’t forget, even our confession of faith is due to the Holy Spirit’s work in our hearts. When we truly understand the grace of God as being unmerited, it creates and releases a genuine spirit of humility that causes us to appreciate the sacrifice and price that Jesus paid for us to escape eternal damnation, inherit eternal life, and enjoy the benefits of God's covenant promises here on earth as we continue to honor and serve God.
"For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that ye through
His poverty might be rich." (2 Corinthians 8:9)
Meditate on this passage today, and pray that the Holy Spirit would reveal any pride concerning your salvation and inherent goodness that should not be. Do you perceive your salvation as God’s grace and work, or yours? The answer to this question affects both our relationship with God and how we look upon and relate to others.
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