devotional

The Grace of God

Understanding Grace…
Grace is undeserved. What does undeserved mean?
Undeserved means you didn’t earn [labor for] it; you are not worthy of something or someone.
Ephesians 2:8-9 reminds and encourages us to know:
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast.
Imagine doing someone wrong or treating someone unfairly or poorly; yet, you are still treated with love, respect, and honor. Imagine still being able to receive all you were promised initially, although you were just evil, or cruel, or mean to someone else.
Well, this is the Grace of God. That in spite of our sins [unbelief] [not believing God by living as children of God amongst one another in the presence of God: the life Jesus Christ lived and represented] God still loves us and has not, nor will he ever take from us what he promised us [eternal life: the Holy Spirit] — no matter what.

Wow, now that’s powerful!

And that is the true and living God. Powerful, awesome, mighty, strong, forgiving, loving, hopeful, peaceful, gentle, kind, humble, joyful, tempered, and faithful. Of course I could go on, majestic, omnipotent…you get the point.
In Matthew 8:24, we learn how Jesus was asleep in a storm:

And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep.

This morning I was awakened by a severe storm with lightening and a rumbling thunder. As I laid there in silence, I could hear God’s voice saying, “Be not aftraid.” My eyes blinked and I saw Jesus asleep on the boat with his disciples. I saw the fear in their eyes that was matched with a puzzled look on their face as they tried to comprehend, “How could he be asleep at a time like this?”
Jesus knew our Father. He knew that the words he spoke were not just words, but that they are God. (John 1:1) Jesus knew that God is life and that he would not abandon the men on the boat because they were more than men, they were his children and he loved them.
The Grace of God is the peace that surpasses all understanding. It is the joy of the Lord which gives us strength.

And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. — 2 Corinthians 12:9

Sometimes we think of ourselves as undeserving in such a way that would cause us to miss out on this gift God has given us. Grace is a gift from God our Father. Grace is given. It’s not earned, but given. That’s a gift. When someone gives you a gift, they give it to you and never ask for it back or for something in return. You didn’t ask for it, they simply gave it to you. Oftentimes, it’s a surprise.
This gift that God, our Father, has given us — Grace, is available to you at no cost. Jesus paid the cost for all of through his life not just his death. And through his death we received life and life more abundantly. When you receive God’s Grace, you enter into his rest. You know nothing can harm you by any means because God is covering and protecting you.
God is not keeping any records of your wrongs, he’s not demanding you or forcing you to do what he says or else. God’s Grace is here for you. Whether if you decide to receive it or not is up to you. And whether if you decide to use it or not is up to you as well.

The choice is up to you.

Be encouraged. Be inspired. Be who God created you to be.

Bella Grace

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