Grace is such a tough thing to define, and I know that I will only barely touch on the definition, but I have been thinking on it a lot lately.
I have a relationship with God because of grace, because of God’s grace, not because of the world’s cheap definition of grace.
Cheap grace is self-imparted, bargain-basement, washed-out, moth-eaten, second-hand grace. Though, I use the term “cheap”, this sort of grace is actually very pricey – it will cost you your life in an eternity without God’s grace.
God’s grace will cost you your life living for Him preparing for a life of glory in Heaven.
“For the grace of God has appeared, ringing salvation to all men, instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age.” (Titus 2:11-12). This grace calls us to live a Godly life, it is not a free pass to sin. It is not a “Get Out of Jail FREE” ticket-a no-strings-attached, open-ended package of indulgence, immunity, approval, tolerance, and self-awarded privilege divorced from any moral demands.
One of the best-known definitions of grace is only three words: God’s unmerited favor.
But, grace is not merely unmerited favor; it is favor bestowed on sinners who deserve wrath. Showing kindness to a stranger is “unmerited favor”; doing good to one’s enemies is more the spirit of grace (Luke 6:27-36).
Grace is not a one-time event in the Christian experience. We stand in grace (Romans 5:2). The entire Christian life is driven and empowered by grace: “It is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, not by foods” (Hebrews 13:9). Peter said we should “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18).
Thus we could properly define grace as the free and giving influence of a holy God operating sovereignly in the lives of undeserving sinners.
Grace reigns through righteousness (Romans 5:21).
God has enabled us, through grace, to “deny ungodliness and worldly desires” so that we can enjoy a sensible, righteous, and godly life in the present age (Titus 2:12). “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10).
As we walk through this week, let us ask ourselves:
- Are we living grace in what we read?
- Are we living grace in what we watch?
- Are we living grace in what we say?
- Are we living grace in how we work?
- Are we living grace in how we act?
Are we living a life of grace? Or, are we just accepting grace?