Grace is So Much More Than Just a Word

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Romans 5:1-2 (NIV)

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 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)

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)

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)

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.

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About wmarsau

Most of the people who visit this blog already know me so it is kind of pointless to try to describe my life in this short little blurb. What is the purpose of this blog is the question. Over the course of this last year I have been exposed to some amazing people and have made personal development an important focus of my life. Being successful, not by the world's standards, but by God's has become my main focus. Mainly, I want to work to develop myself as a person who is kinder, reaches out to help those in need, and truly makes a difference in this world. To this end I am constantly reading and am exposed to so many differnet things along the way. These have been amazing and it is helping me grow so much. Then I started to think, "Why am I being so selfish?" You need to share with others these amazing things you are learning and being exposed to. That is where this blog comes into play. As I am reading and experiencing things that are truly amazing and life changing, I will be posting them on this blog. Obviously, I will not be able to post everything in it's entirity, but I will be summarizing them and letting you know the source of the article or book they come from so you can check them out later if you wish. I want this blog to be a place where you can go to often and be inspired and leave here with a smile on your face. I will be covering all kinds of different topics dealing with success and personal development. Topics like taking action, relationships, living to your potential, reinventing yourself, finances, leadership, presenting, goal setting, time management, etc. I will also be occasionally including topics on cooking, music, and gardening because they are special interests of mine. As a little disclaimer, I have given my life to the Lord and he is #1 in my life. I am his servant and everything I do in life is for his glory. With that being said, religion influences all areas of my life. There will be references to God in this blog because I can't seperate God from this or any other area of my life. I want you to know that if you do not believe in God, that is fine. That is your choice. This blog is open to anyone who wants to better their life. I will not be trying to influence or pressure anyone into having a relationship with the Lord from this site. Please don't feel uncomfortable. You can just read the portions of the blog that you wish to. I am inviting you to go on a journey with me. We will learn together to be the kind of people we were designed to be. Anyone can make a difference in this world, but it starts%
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