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The Grace of God

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.

Share your thoughts on this interesting topic.  Thank you.


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Nikki Godbolt on Tuesday, July 24, 2012 2:01 AM
I thank God for his grace, his unmerited favor towards us, his people! Because without the grace of God we wouldn't even be saved! Some of us would not even be alive today if it had not been for the grace of God! My past says I'm guilty but grace says not guilty! Thank you Father for extending your grace towards me! Love you Apostle, God Bless!
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Toiya Moffatt on Tuesday, July 24, 2012 9:28 PM
Amen!


Dr. Bethtina Williams on Wednesday, August 01, 2012 1:35 PM
Grace is birthed out of compassion for others. God had compassion on the human race in that He sent His only Son, Jesus Christ to die for us and take away the sin which was a guaranteed position in hell. Nikki, thank you for sharing your heartfelt comments on our community blog. Optimum Blessings!


Latresa Lawson on Tuesday, July 24, 2012 8:07 AM
The Grace of God is truly Amazing!!! If if had been for His Grace and His Mercy I don't know where I would be. But Praise be to God that He saw fit to deliver me and to place my feet on a solid foundation. And for this reason I will forever give Him praise!
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Dr. Bethtina Williams on Wednesday, August 01, 2012 2:29 PM
Latresa, thank you for sharing the joy of your praise to God for His grace and mercy towards us. It is the grace of God that has provided our salvation and a divine inheritance for us. Is is the grace of God that has given us hope and a sense of destiny. Without it we would be condemned eternally without any hope of life at all.


Toiya G. Moffatt on Tuesday, July 24, 2012 9:27 PM
Apostle you addressed this topic with such grace and precision. It is so important that we as Christians understand that we were not granted salvation and the promises of God through our own efforts or because we were so special, but it was and is only through God's grace that we have received that which we did not deserve. I meditate on this daily and have found that it truly does help to keep me in a posture of humility. God bless you.
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Dr. Bethtina Williams on Wednesday, August 01, 2012 2:59 PM
Toiya, your comments are absolutely true. God through His unmerited favor and love has saved us from eternal judgment and condemnation. If it were not for His grace where would we be. When we understand how great His mercy truly is it will produce a spirit of humility to enables us to respond to God's precepts and commandments favorably. It is our reasonable service to keep His commandments and love Him with all of our heart, soul and strength.


Tracie Fields on Wednesday, July 25, 2012 1:17 AM
Unmerited favor. Where wouldl I be without grace? It's important to me not to take advantage of Gods grace because it is not earned or deserved but bestowed on me because of Gods love and compassion for me.
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Dr. Bethtina Williams on Wednesday, August 01, 2012 3:11 PM
Tracie, the song, "Great is Your Mercy, Great is Your Grace" comes to mind after reading your blog comment. His grace is comforting, because God's love for us is so deep that He extended the compassion and grace of His heart towards us even though we were and still are undeserving of it. rNo greater love hath a man than to lay down his life for a friend. Thank God that His love is not like mere men. If it were we would be condemned to death, but through Him we have been given life and that more abundantly. What an amazing love and grace this is!


Marsha Wilson on Wednesday, July 25, 2012 4:01 PM
I thank God for the grace that He bestow's upon my life each day. There is nothing I've done within myself to be deserving of it, that to me is amazing and not to be taken for granted. He's a wonderful God!!!!
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Dr. Bethtina Williams on Wednesday, August 01, 2012 3:15 PM
Amen Marsha, we truly ought to think about His love, and think about His mercy everyday. His mercy is so great! You don't deserve it, and never could pay the price for it in the totality of your lifetime. He saved us, raised us, gave us hope, salvation, His promises, and on top of that a guarantee that He will never leave nor forsake us ever. What a mighty good God we serve!


Dr. Stanley D. Williams on Saturday, July 28, 2012 9:34 AM
Webster's Dictionary defines Grace as follows: unmerited love and favor of God which is the spring and source of all benefits men receive from Him, including especially His assistance given man for his regeneration or sanctification. (Grace is) a virtue from God influencing man, renewing his heart and restraining him from sin." Grace in a real sense is everything for nothing, even though the receiver deserves nothing. God bestowing his grace on the undeserving even though there is no merit for receiving it or especially Him bestowing it. Romans 5:8, "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." Charles Allen offers a succinct synopsis of grace noting that... In the Bible there are three distinctive meanings of grace; it means the mercy and active love of God; it means the winsome attractiveness of God; it means the strength of God to overcome. I would like to end my view of grace with a story. It is a story of how grace is free, it cannot bought nor earned it must be given. Grace is active and alive or its not grace, it must be able to cover past, present and future and it must be present at every moment to deliver, this is the grace of God. Too many of us (yours truly included far too often!) are like the story of the poor European family who saved for years to buy tickets to sail to America. Once at sea, they carefully rationed the cheese and bread they had brought for the journey. After 3 days, the boy complained to his father, “I hate cheese sandwiches. If I don’t eat anything else before we get to America, I’m going to die.” Giving the boy his last nickel, the father told him to go to the ship’s galley and buy an ice-cream cone. When the boy returned a long time later with a wide smile, his worried dad asked, “Where were you?” “In the galley, eating three ice-cream cones and a steak dinner!” “All that for a nickel?” “Oh, no, the food is free,” the boy replied. “It comes with the ticket.” Indeed, Amazing Grace, not cheap, but free, sufficient to save a wretch like me, the first day, and then every day for the rest (pun intended) of my life. Remember beloved the grace it free it comes with salvation.
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Dr. Bethtina Williams on Wednesday, August 01, 2012 3:23 PM
Awesome & Amazing!!! I have enjoyed reading your comments on the blog as always. What depth and insight you've shared with us. The illustration of the family sailing to America was especially exciting. On one hand, it reflects how spoiled and insensitive we can easily become towards the grace and mercy of God, while on the other hand it reflects how much God in His sovereign love and grace has made available to us. All in all, we should always be ever so thankful, but never fail to enjoy the fullness of all that He purchased for us with His own blood on the Cross at Calvary. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on our community blog. I look forward to reading them again.


Travis Mimms on Saturday, July 28, 2012 11:46 AM
I thank God for Grace!
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Dr. Bethtina Williams on Wednesday, August 01, 2012 3:24 PM
Amen, so do I.


Candice Mimms on Saturday, July 28, 2012 7:11 PM
After reading this week's blog, I instantly thought of the scripture coming from 2 Corinthians 12:9 which refers to the sufficiency of God's grace. In this scripture, God's strength is described as being made perfect in our weaknesses. This scripture also describes the differences between God and man. The difference is clear… God has all power and it’s only through God's power and grace that mankind has the ability to walk in power. It is not by our own might or strength, but it's through the grace of God. God is an Awesome and Gracious God!!!
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Dr. Bethtina Williams on Wednesday, August 01, 2012 3:31 PM
Candice, thank you for sharing your comments concerning the grace of God from the position of how it provides us the sufficiency and strength we need to endure difficulty and challenges in life. His grace sufficient for us. It enables us to stand under pressure, endure it, and gain the victory over it. Optimum Blessings!


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