The Greek word for Grace is Charis and it means a gift or blessing brought to man by Jesus Christ. It is used most to describe the Lord’s favor, when God freely extends himself, reaching (inclining) to people because he is disposed to bless (be near) them. It can also be used for gratitude and kindness.
Grace is the favor of the Father and grace came with Christ. “For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” (John 1:16-17)
Pause and reflect on the goodness of God’s grace to you. Take some time to praise God for extending Himself to you.
We are sinners and deserve to be ever separated from our creator – from God Almighty – the great I AM. But – He loves us. He pursues us. He desires relationship with us. So He presses in, He reaches out and he provides a way. “God’s law was given so that all people could see how sinful they were. But as people sinned more and more, God’s wonderful grace became more abundant. So just as sin ruled over all people and brought them to death, now God’s wonderful grace rules instead, giving us right standing with God and resulting in eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 5:20-21)
Here is God’s gift of grace: Jesus. He left His throne. He came to earth as a human – fully man and fully God – to walk through life as we do, yet He was without sin. “This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin.” (Hebrews 4:15) Because of our sin, we deserve eternal separation from God, we deserve hell. But because Jesus came, lived a sinless life, and chose to pay our debt for us on the cross – taking on the punishment that we deserve for our sins, we have the opportunity to be restored, reconciled to God! We need only to choose to receive salvation – by GRACE through FAITH in Jesus Christ!
God’s grace doesn’t stop there! Because of God’s grace, He gave us a helper – the Holy Spirit “So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.” (Hebrews 4:16) When we are tempted to be a “friend of the world” God give us more grace to stand against such evil. (James 4:6)
Oh give thanks! Thank God, not only for the gift of grace through salvation and the gift of the Holy Spirit, but ask Him to show you other ways that he has extended grace to you and thank Him for it!!
Spend some time interceding for those who haven’t received God’s grace yet and those who need more of God’s grace. Time and time again, the Apostles open and close their letters with “May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.” Let’s pray the same for ourselves and those we know and love.
Father God, You are Holy, You are just and You are worthy of our praise. Thank You for Your gift of grace. Would You help us to understand grace even more? May we extend Your grace in all that we say and do and may it bring You glory! In Jesus precious and holy name, Amen.