A Note from
Grace = Undeserved
For while the Law was given through Moses, grace (unearned, undeserved favor and spiritual blessing) and truth came through Jesus Christ. John 1:17 (AMP)
Last Sunday, we started a new sermon series entitled: Grace: Your Way Through. In the first sermon I attempted to lay the foundation for us to understand what grace is and how it works in our lives. Moreover, I tried to convince you that by confidently approaching God’s throne, getting in God’s presence, you can discover grace each day, for every situation in your life. (See Hebrews 4:16)
I want to remind you that grace by definition is undeserved. It is not earned or given to us based upon merit. Grace is God being generous, kind, and loving towards us simply because God is generous, kind, and full of love. The grace that we receive, should flow through our lives and back out to others. However, it does not happen that way when we forget about the true nature of grace. Sometimes we try to tie grace to the actions of others. So, when we are pleased with how someone behaves we respond positively to them. And, while it is certainly not wrong to affirm the good actions and choices of those to whom we are related, we are not being gracious when we do so, we are being friendly.
We are gracious to others when we are good to them, not because they deserve it, but even when they do not. We can give grace because we have received grace from Jesus Christ. Christ is full of grace and freely gives it to us – to save, keep, and teach us. The more that we allow this grace to permeate every aspect of our living, moving, and being, we can be transformed and reshaped into Christ’s image. As we launch deeper into our teaching about grace, let us continue to look for God to deposit it all along our life’s journey. For, it is when we become conduits of grace, and not merely receptors and containers of it, that God will truly get the glory from our lives and our world will truly be made better.
From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. John 1:16 (NRSV)
Loving and Praying for you,