But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) Ephesians 2:4-5
Webster Dictionary defines grace as the unmerited love and favor of God; a special dispensation or privilege; mercy or pardon. Although the first definition is the one given by most Christians when asked what is the definition of grace, the latter two will be our focal point for today.
How interesting is it that the latter two definitions of grace, can be used to define forgiveness. Think about it. When we forgive someone, we are pardoning what they have done; extending mercy. We are giving a special dispensation (to disregard) to the offense. Therefore, we are only required to do to others what has been done for us.
Romans 5:8 says, "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." Notice that He didn't wait for us to get it right. Actually, He died so that we could get it right!
Before His death, we were enemies of God. Can you fanthom that thought? We were totally separated from Him. But because of His love for us, He gave us His only Son, that now being justified by His blood, we shall be saved from His wrath. I don't know about you, but PRAISE THE LORD! THANK YOU JESUS! go right there!!
If it had not been for God's grace, we wouldn't be here. I know for me, it is only because of God's grace that I am able to write to you now. There was period in my life where serving God was not on my to do list. BUT GOD! Serving Him is now top priority on my to do list. All I want to do is please Him. I can't bear the thought of God being disappointed in me. Therefore, I strive very hard , each day, to be the best servant I can be. I know that I can never repay Him, but at least I can put forth my best effort to do what He has called for me to do. What about you? Are you appreciative of the grace that has been extended to you? Does your lifestyle represent appreciation, gratitude, and thanksgiving for the grace God has extended to you? If not, then you know what you need to do. Remember: We are not to just be hearers of the Word, but doers also- see James 1:22
For as by one man's disobedience (Adam) many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one (Jesus) shall many be made righteous. Moreover the law entered, that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 5:19-21