What is grace?
It’s not just a five letter word we use when we need it most.
Grace is the essence of who we are.
The word grace, comes from the Greek word charis, which means: favour, blessing, or kindness.
Did you know that if it were not for grace, you and I wouldn’t be here today?
We can all be gracious toward one another, but when the word grace is used in connection with God, it takes on a powerful meaning.
It all started it the Garden of Eden, when God covered the sin of Adam and Eve by clothing them with skins.
He could have killed humans from the start for their disobedience, but instead He chose to demonstrate His loving and gracious nature by making a way for them to be right with Him.
The pattern of grace continues throughout the bible, which leads us to what I think is the most important part, which is when Jesus died on the cross to pay for our sins.
And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
2 Corinthians 12:9 NKJV
I believe that as His children, we are equipped with an unthinkable amount of grace.
Sometimes I wonder why Jesus would want to be so loving, gracious, patient, and selfless towards us when our nature as human’s is the opposite.
But then I’m reminded of the image of when Jesus was mocked, judged, and crucified-and I think to myself, because He understands.
He understands what it’s like to be human, and how it’s so easy for us to give into temptation.
He understands that our tendencies to do selfish things are quite common.
But He gives us grace, not so that we would give into the temptation of being selfish, but so that we would chose to do the right thing.
Some may use grace as an excuse to give into temptation, but I’ve come to the conclusion that grace is much more than an excuse.
It’s a God-given privilege to live under grace, because we don’t deserve it.
Therefore, we must remind ourselves that grace in itself, is our strength!
The next time you feel tempted to feel upset, or guilty, remember you are living under God’s grace-sufficient for you, made perfect in weakness.