In this world, we have to earn everything we get. No one gets a free ride. We have to earn a living. We have to earn respect. We even have to earn someoneís love. The harder we work, the more we get and the better the quality of the reward. Failure is not an option if we want to get ahead. That is the way of this world, but it is not the way of the next world. It is not the way of heaven. Fortunately, with God, things are a little different.
God is holy, almighty and perfect. We canít earn the blessings that come from God. He offers eternal life and we canít get it by hard work. There isnít anything we can do or any service we can perform that He canít have without us. We canít do anything that is worth His mercy. We canít act good enough or think enough good thoughts to earn His love. Some of you are getting frustrated now, thinking that there must be some good thing we can do that hits the mark. There isnít. The thing that makes God so amazing is that His love and His blessings are free. He gives them freely and abundantly. This is called grace.
Grace describes Godís love to those who are profoundly undeserving. Salvation, eternal life is free to us as a result of His grace. Ephesians 2:8 and 9 tells us that we have been saved (from sin and death) by grace, through faith. It is not something that we have accomplished, it is a fee gift of God. It is not given to those who work for it. It cannot be earned. There is no one who is good enough. Romans 3:23 says that no one lives up to Godís glory. We have all fallen short.
Romans 3:21-24 says that righteousness (morally upright; without guilt or sin) comes from God. Righteousness comes through faith in Jesus Christ. Salvation comes from God as a free gift (grace) through the redemption that came by Jesus Christ. His sacrifice on the cross paid the price for our sin Ė something that we could never do. His grace is greater than all of our sin Ė greater than the total of all the sin in the world.
It may be hard to believe that anything is absolutely free. Believe Godís word. Jesus paid our way so that we can have free access to our Heavenly Father. That is Godís love for us. We are free from the guilt of sin and free to enter into a holy relationship with Him.
Grace has been defined as Godís Riches at Christís Expense.
A Walk With the Women of the Bible
EBook by Lynne Chapman
Join me in getting to know some amazing
women of the Bible
while we extract valuable insights and
lessons from their lives.
Now available for Kindle under new title
A Walk With EVE
Also availble in paperback from Cafe Press.
Names of God Ebook
Almighty God. The Creator of heaven and earth.
Our God is given names in Scripture that
describe the characteristics of His personality.
Experience God through the names given Him in Scripture.