Thursday, July 05, 2012
So, quick check: What does the word "grace" mean to you? As in, God's grace?
I confess, it's one of those specialized Bible words that I kinda don't stop to think about when I am reading. I know we are saved by grace through faith (Eph. 2:8), and that it is a gift of God. But I guess my default definition is it's just God overlooking our sins, or it's spiritual gifts, or even "gracefulness"-- poised or gentle behavior and speech.
But hey! I saw this today in Titus 3:4-7: Grace is "the kindness and love of God our Savior. . . not because of righteous things we had done. . . having been justified by His grace. . ."
And Hebrews 4:15-16 "For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one (Jesus) who has been tempted in every way, just as we are--yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need."
Reread those verses and substitute "kindness and love" for grace. That's who God is! Jesus came bringing grace; the Father is on a throne of grace. When our undisciplined ways and poor choices get the best of us, God is not saying, "Well, OK, I'll overlook it this time." His throne is kindness and love; our advocate is Jesus, who totally sympathizes with us, having been there, and He GIVES US his grace. Kindness and love--and all that He is to help us--"Christ in you, the hope of glory." (Col. 1:27)
Hope this encourages someone. Thinking of God seeing me, his faltering child, with kindness and love, and Christ himself pulling for me before the Father, encourages me!