Thoughts On Grace

What is grace? What is God’s grace? What is our grace?

Webster lists one definition of grace as a controlled, polite, and pleasant way of behaving. Another definition is unmerited divine assistance. The first definition is to be our grace; the second God’s grace.

It is written that sin shall not be our master, for we are not under law but under grace. In our present covenant with God, God indwells us and provides unmerited divine assistance both to enter eternal life and to abide in Christ. We can overcome sin, because it is no longer us alone trying to keep the commandments of God; it is God himself working in us to guide us and empower us to keep his commands.

It is as if Our Father says to us: “Keep your eyes on me, listen for my voice, and I will guide you through this life. It is you and me against the world; I am on your side; I am with you; I am in you; let me lead the way.”

Our grace is to live self controlled, polite, and pleasant lives. We are self controlled – we yield to the Spirit’s work in our lives; we are polite – we treat others as we would want to be treated, and we are pleasant – cheerful, courteous, and considerate of other’s feelings. Also, we are thoughtful, considering how we may best encourage and strengthen others in their walks of faith.

So, grace is to be our watchword. We watch for Our Father’s grace to get us through each day. We keep our minds focused on Christ. Also, we do our best to treat all others with dignity, kindness, and respect.

~Brad Heilhecker

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