As a young child and into my early teens I remember my grandmother (Nanny) loving the Hymn “Amazing Grace”. I never understood it or really even cared to. Who is this Grace woman? What makes her so amazing? Go ahead and laugh. As a teen I heard that you are to say “grace” before eating a meal. Ok, so grace must mean to give thanks, right?
Well, What is it Then?
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9 NIV)
It was not until God saved me at the age of 39 that I genuinely understood what grace was. You may read my salvation story on my blog; Sharing The Faith.
Each and every day that I am given, my eyes open more and more to His grace and what it means; what our Lord has done for us. It is truly amazing!
God gave His one and only son, Jesus Christ to die on the cross to pay for our sins. This is God’s Grace, unmerited mercy given for our salvation. As sinners, we are unworthy and fall short of God’s grace. When we honestly repent and ask the Lord for forgiveness of our sins He will grant us His grace.
Grace: Paying it Forward
We can show grace to others every day by the way we treat them. Speak graciously, kind and gentle when talking to people. Always be willing to help others in need, forgive and be thankful. Use words like “please,” “thank you,” and “I’m sorry”; and remove derogatory and curse words from your vocabulary.
There are many ways of showing grace to others, this is just a short list. For a great film on grace, check out The Grace Card. Keep the box of Kleenex close.
How Do You Receive God’s Grace?
When you repent and ask God for forgiveness of your sins, when you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior; you then receive God’s Grace upon and within you. Yes within you. Not only did you get his saving grace, but you also get a bonus.
The Holy Spirit enters your heart and starts the repairs. If you are willing to allow Him to take control, you will start seeing through His eyes, hearing through His ears and speaking through His mouth. Are you willing to accept His Grace?