Grace? What about grace? Isn’t it a wonderful mystery?
We all know we are shown grace and mercy; we all know we are to show grace and mercy. But what does that mean?
“Grace” derives from the Greek word, charis. Charis is related to chairo, “to rejoice.” As far back as Homer it denoted “sweetness” or “attractiveness.” It came to signify “favor,” “goodwill,” and “lovingkindness” — especially as granted by a superior to an inferior. In the New Testament, “grace” appears 156 times; a sweet opportunity for redemption offered
2 Peter 3:18 tells us to “grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.”
We are all to grow; to produce fruit, as we progress in our walk. Grace, if you ask me, is central to all other fruits that we may show. With grace, it all comes together. If we do not truly understand grace; if we cannot embrace and share it – our salvation, in many ways, is in vain. How can we share Him with others if we do not understand and emrace the grace which we have been shown? We need to. Others need us to understand and embrace it that we may show them that very same grace.
“For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: It is God’s gift (approach present), not of works lest any man should boast.” Ephesians 2:8..
And faith. Let us have faith, that we have been shown grace. That others need that same grace. From us and from our Lord. When we understand grace; when we show it, God is getting the glory. Others can see and feel His love, as He uses us to bring them close; to mend their wounds. Surely nothing is possible in life without Him on our side. So many who are so broken; too many who have been abused left alone – they need grace. No matter how dirty; how sinful they may be; no matter how hurtful and how cruel – Grace sets us free.
Consider the invitation of grace; much like a romance there is a dance; a sweetness to it. As in The Romance of Grace: “We are invited into a world where it is no longer we who live, but Christ…we are forgiven so that the barriers to the entrance into this world are removed so that we may come boldly into this throne of Grace…this is the world to which we are invited because we are greatly loved. In all of the universe no other but the Church is named as His Bride, the angels and the very universe itself longs to see the revelation of Christ’s exquisite and beautiful Bride, and this is what we are.”
Admit it, if you understand grace, amazing grace, it is the sweetest song – the gentlest dance. And yet it is deeper than any ocean; a greater mystery than anything you could imagine. It is the deep, ever lasting, never ending love of our Lord and Saviour. As those saved by grace, we should never stop thanking Him for His grace. We should never forget to share that grace with everyone we meet.
Let this be a reminder to us, that we should never take the grace of God for granted. And let us strive always to show others the grace that He continues to show us.
1Corinthians 13:22 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
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