God's Grace

Content

  • What is Grace?
  • What is God’s Grace?
  • Grace attributes of God
  • God resist the proud and give Grace to the humble
  • Is the Grace of God sufficient?
  • Embracing God’s Grace and grow in it.
  • Bible scriptures on grace

What is Grace?

Grace is an undeserving favor, opportunity or chance freely giving to someone not earned.

What is God’s Grace?

God’s grace is the undeserving love of God to mankind, yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished.

Grace attributes of God?

The Grace attributes of God refer to the characteristics or way and manner in which God demonstrate his grace to mankind. God list out his grace attributes towards man when speaking with Moses.

“Then the LORD came down in the cloud and stood there with him and proclaimed his name, the LORD, and he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation” Exodus 34: 5-7.

These attributes are:

  • Slow to anger
  • Abounding in love and faithfulness
  • Forgiveness of wickedness, rebellion and sin

God resist the proud and give Grace to the humble

Despite the fact that the grace of God is available to all, one might possess characteristics that can cause God not to give him/her His Grace.

Such example can be seen in the parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector

“9. To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this parable: 10. Two men up to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11. The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people – robbers, evildoers, adulterers – or even like this tax collector, 12. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get’, 13. “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’ 14. “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” Luke 18: 9 – 13.

For the Pharisee was so confident of his own righteousness which made him look down on the tax collector, and pray to God with pride listing out his works before God, as to stand for him for a consideration.

“An if by Grace, then it cannot be based on works; if it were, Grace would no longer be Grace” Romans 11: 6, New International Version.

But the tax collector acknowledging his sin, said his prayer with humility and went home justified because he humbled himself before God while the tax collector went home unjustified because of pride.

“But he gives more Grace. That is why scripture say: ‘God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.’”

The parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector also teaches us to take notes about the impact of our humility can have to the answer of our prayers.

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Is the Grace of God sufficient?

Yes, the grace of God is sufficient for all men according to heir calling. For in the scriptures, we have read God assignments of different nature to his servant, to deliver to Kings, or men of power, some are provoking which might lead to dangerous action towards the servant. Some of them express their discomfort and disabilities. But one thing for sure is that God continue to assure them that he is with them and his Grace is sufficient for them and it was so.

“Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take this away from me. 9. 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 about my weakness, so that Christ may rest on me.” 2 Corinthians 12: 8 – 9.

“10. So now, go. I am sending you to Pharoah to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt. 11. But Moses said to God, “who am I, that I should go to Pharoah and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” 12. And God said, “I will be with you. And this is the sign to you that it is, I who have sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain.” 13. Moses said to God. “Suppose I go the Israelites and say to them, “the God of you fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me ‘what is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?” 14. God said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, “The Lord, the God of your fathers – the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob – has sent me to you.’” Exodus 3: 10 – 15.

Embracing God’s Grace and grow in it.

To embrace God’s grace and growing in it, is a deep personal journey. First one need to understand that grace is a Gift of God, freely given out of His love and mercy, not earned by works. Unlike the Pharisee who is confident of his own works.

One key aspect of embracing God’s grace is accepting that we are not perfect and need his forgiveness. This humility allows us to open our hearts to receive the grace of God, an example is he tax collector who said his prayer with humility and went back home justified. It’s about acknowledging the fact that we can’t earn salvation on our own, but depend on God’s Grace for our redemption.

To grow in God’s Grace, we must leave a life that reflects his love and mercy. These includes extending grace to others, showing compassion and kindness, and to continue to seek for a deeper relationship with God through prayer studying the scriptures and participating in spiritual exercise that strengthens our faith in God.

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Bible scriptures on grace

14 May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ,p and the love of God,q and the fellowship of the Holy Spiritr be with you all.

2 corinthians 13: 14

10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, xI worked harder than any of them, ythough it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me.

1 corinthians 15: 10

4 But because of his great love for us,n God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressionso—it is by grace you have been saved.p

Ephesians 2: 4 – 5

As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins,g

Ephesians 2: 1

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