Saturday, April 20, 2013

What is Grace?

 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2 Corinthians 12:9

            So I feel like over the last few weeks my mind, my heart, and my eyes have been opened up to God and Jesus in a way like never before. I have always heard about the grace of God. I have used the phrase “By the grace of God…” but over the last few weeks as I really start to desire that deeper connection, that meaningful relationship with God I have found myself wondering what exactly does that mean. What does it mean to have God’s grace? One of my favorite songs states similarly what is written in 2 Corinthians 12:9, the song (by Chris Tomlin) says “Your grace is enough for me”
I came across the verse above when looking for information about God answering prayers but it has stuck with me, and considering every time I hear the Chris Tomlin song with the same message it just fills my heart and makes me want to raise my hands in praise I wanted to find out exactly what grace means.
Now, considering I am a teacher I did what I told my 4th graders to do if they came to me and asked me what a word meant, I looked it up the in the dictionary. According to an online dictionary grace means “favor or kindness.” OK, well that makes some sense but then I thought we can get that from pretty much anyone so why would God’s grace mean so much more? If someone else can give us what God is giving us then its not really that special, right? So there has to more to it. So for the last several days I have been thinking about it and thinking about it and tonight at church our pastor said something that caused me to have an Ah-Ha moment (don’t you just love those?? When God gives you an answer you’ve been seeking!) He was talking about Jesus telling the parable of the feast and how Jesus told the host that at his next feast he should invite those who do not get invited, those that could never return the favor, those that could never do for him what he would be doing for them by inviting them to this large feast, then he simply said “That’s grace” and I felt he was talking to me, like God had told him to tell me the answer to my question!
Grace isn’t just favor or kindness; it is favor or kindness that we could never begin to return! Grace was Jesus coming to earth and dying on the cross for our sins, grace is God’s love for us! When I go back and look at some key verses that include the word “grace” and replace the word with love it makes sense. In the verse above “My love (grace) is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” or in Ephesians 2: 8 For by love (grace) you have been saved through faith. Romans 5:8 states, what I believe is the perfect definition of grace – But God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Grace is God’s love and the sacrifice Jesus made on the cross for us. He died so that we may live! So yes Lord your grace is enough for me and I too will boast all the more gladly because I have received the grace and love of God and this is a love more powerful than any other love, a love that I have no way of repaying, He laid down His life for me 2000 years before I was even conceived, yes Lord Your grace is enough for me!

1 comment:

  1. The journey......Ahhhhhh I love it Cindy! In this LIFE we have GRACE! Woah.. God is our teacher. He will and is if we look. This is the message "GRACE" that GOD is bringing back to HIS churches. GRACE frees us to worship him like we were intended in the first place.There is power when we receive that GRACE. You said lifting my hands...This was one thing the enemy was trying to keep me from doing. Little by little I started liftting my hands in praise to him with my eyes closed. NOW i sing with my eyes open and my hands lifted. GOD revealed that to me not man!!!!!! I grew up in legalism in the church...But GOD taught me when I got fed up and wanted more!!!We will see that we are not under pressure, IT is HIS message through JEsus it is simple. God is bringing back his TRUE message to us all. HE leads and guides us into all truth. WE have to believe that it is FINISHED, so we are free. WE HAVE favor all over and in us to affect this dark world! WE are the salt :)We are Flavoring to the world and His people, his representatives. The Holy Spirit is the decider in how I recieve no ones walk is exactly alike and God is so big he will show up and show you. Personal relationship with HIM. The most HOLY Almighty GoD through JEsus his son, so we can meet him personally. When we realize we are here at this present time and HE chose us for this time, we will begin to meet our purpose and KNOW we are not here to just be here. IT WILL MOVE YOU MIGHTILY! GOD gives us grace and his will is done in our lives. HIS GOOD Will.
    I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.” John 10:28-30 NIV Thank you God for loving me and every woman who is reading this blog! Thank you Lord that we can all REST and know that it is Finished! Amen