Unwrapping the Gifts-Grace
Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; he rises to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!
I think no song evokes more feeling to a great many Christians than that wonderful old hymn, Amazing Grace. That song has touched the heart and soul of many generations of Christians and thanks to Chris Tomlin it’s reaching younger generations.
The song has the power to make all of us aware of the immensity of God’s love for us even though we don’t deserve it. He did indeed save a wretch like me.
But what is grace?
I’ve come to the conclusion that grace is a God-sized word that is so magnificent that it encompasses many different concepts into one simple word, including: love; favor, kindness, forgiveness; mercy; freedom; strength; and power.
And why not? The Creator of the universe certainly can encompass all of these wondrous qualities into one God-sized word.
The classic definition of grace is the unmerited favor of God. Unmerited means that we don’t deserve God’s favor. It means that we can’t work hard enough to get it. It means that we can’t be good enough to deserve it. It means that God loves us and wants to give us favor that we don’t deserve.
We already know that we are saved because of God’s grace but there is so much more to know about God’s grace. God’s grace or favor can come in many different forms including all the other birthday gifts that we receive when we are saved, including fellowship, power, wisdom, guidance, peace, and joy.
This is where things start getting really good. Grace is one of the surprise birthday gifts that you may not have expected.
Grace is like being the teacher’s pet, the apple of your grandparent’s eye, and the favorite child all rolled up in one. It’s like the old saying: it’s not what you know but who you know. And we not only know but have the favor of the creator of the universe. How cool is that!