What is Grace?

Read

1 Corinthians 15:10 (NIV)
10But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.

Romans 5:8 (NIV)
8But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 3:23-24 (NIV)
23For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.

Reflect

  I have often wondered what the true definition of grace was. I had a theology teacher tell me once that grace was God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense. That is entirely true, but let’s look a little deeper.

  We are all sinners and fall short of God’s glory. This is the first part of God’s grace. Often times, we hear scripture like Romans 3:23, but do not look beyond that. If we continue to read it says in verse 24, “and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” We are saved from the wrath of God by Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross for the sin that we could not carry on our own. God so freely gave us his only, perfect son to die at the hands of sinners and suffer His wrath in our place. That is the definition of God’s grace, and he doesn’t just give it once. He gives us his grace every time we mess up.

  Isn’t it amazing just how much God loves us?

Respond

  No matter how many times you mess up in this life you have been given, God’s grace will always be there. He loves you that much. Just ask for His grace. That’s all you have to do.

The author is a high school student from Alabama.

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