Romans 5:1-2 (NIV)
5 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God.
Grace is so much more than just a simple mealtime prayer. The word communicates the idea of blessing. As children of God, we are the recipients of grace, which is poured out on us by our heavenly Father. So how, exactly, do we experience this amazing benefit of his love?
God’s favor is seen in our salvation. We see this the following verse from Ephesians:
Ephesians 2:8 (NIV)
8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.
This blessing from God is undeserved and unearned. There is nothing about us or our behavior that prompted God to save us. He acted purely out of His goodness, sacrificing His precious Son Jesus Christ in our place. In that way, we could be reconciled to the Father and adopted into His family.
Grace is also the sphere in which we live the Christian life. At salvation, we were transferred from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of light. The Bible tells us this in Colossians:
Colossians 1:12-13 (NIV)
12 and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of His holy people in the kingdom of light. 13 For He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves,
Here, we live in our new identity as God’s children and carry out His purpose, which is to glorify Him. Both of these result in manifold blessings that God send our way on a daily basis.
The beauty of grace becomes especially clear when we consider who we once were, which is a people hostile to the Lord and alienated from Him. We were spiritually dead, living according to our own selfish interests, which we see in the book of Ephesians.
Ephesians 2:1 (NIV)
2 As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins,
But now, through a faith in Jesus as our Savior, God has justified us and given us new life. He has declared that we have a right standing before Him.
Romans 8:1 (NIV)
8 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,
All of our sins were placed upon Jesus, and His righteousness has been credited to each of our own accounts permanently.
Today, let’s take a few moments to picture ourselves living in the favor of God. Internalize this truth, and then give Him thanks.