What is GRACE? The term is used in both the Old and New
Testaments, and has, depending on usage, a variety of meanings:
1. Properly speaking, it is that which affords joy, pleasure,
delight, charm, sweetness, loveliness;
2. Good will, loving-kindness, mercy, etc;
3. The kindness of a master toward a slave.
The word "grace" has often been used to express the concept of
kindness (or a kindness) extended to someone who is undeserving.
Thus, it has come to signify God's kindness towards man. Or, as
it is generally defined, "unmerited favor".
In the epistles (letters) of the New Testament writers, God's
gracious favor is invoked upon the readers (see: Rom. 16:20, 24;
Phil. 4:23; Col. 1:19; I Thess. 5:28; etc.).
One of the major themes in the writings of the Apostle Paul is
the relationship between law and grace (Ro. 5:1; 15-17; 8:1-2;
Eph. 2:8-9; and Gal. 5:4-5), and grace has unquestionably been
identified as the sole instrument through which God effects the
salvation of all believers (Titus 2:11).
Grace is also regarded as the sustaining influence which enables
the believer to persevere even in the midst of temptations and
trials that afflict all who have accepted the mantle of salvation.
Thus, grace is not only the initial act by God through which a
believer's eternal salvation is secured, but it is also that which
maintains it throughout the entire life of the Christian.
Other meanings/uses of "grace" are: a token or proof of salvation,
a special gift given to the humble, the capacity to receive a
divine life, a gift of knowledge, and gratitude for favor.
Additional Bible references: Acts 11:23; 20:32; 1 Cor. 1:4; 10:30;
2 Cor. 1:5-6; 9:1; 1 Pet. 5:5; 1 Pet. 1:10; 1 Tim. 1:1-2; James 4:6;
Luke 6:32; Mt. 5:46.
Some points to consider:
God is full of grace.
God is slow to become angry.
God's grace makes salvation possible.
God accepts us by His grace.
God's grace gives us hope.
After I read the following poem, I did a search, trying to find the
author of this beautiful piece. Extensive searching did not turn
up any information, so I am publishing it here as "author unknown"
and it is my hope that it blesses you as it has me. May the Lord
pour out blessings in abundance on the one who created this poem.
A POEM OF GOD'S GRACE
I did not know His love before, the way I know it now.
I could not see my need for Him, my pride would not allow.
I had it all, without a care, the "Self-sufficient" lie.
My path was smooth, my sea was still, not a cloud was in my sky.
I thought I knew His love for me, I thought I'd seen His grace,
I thought I did not need to grow, I thought I'd found my place.
But then the way grew rough and dark, the storm clouds quickly rolled;
The waves began to rock my ship, I found I had no hold.
The ship that I had built myself was made of foolish pride.
It fell apart and left me bare, with nowhere else to hide
I had no strength or faith to face the trials that lay ahead,
And so I simply spoke His name and bowed my weary head.
His loving arms enveloped me, and then He helped me stand.
He said, "You still must face this storm, but I will hold your hand."
So through the dark and lonely night He guided me through pain.
I could not see the light of day or when I'd smile again.
Yet through the pain and endless tears, my faith began to grow.
I could not see it at the time, but my light began to glow.
I saw God's love in brand new light, His grace and mercy, too.
For only when all self was gone could Jesus' love shine through.
It was not easy in the storm, I sometimes wondered why.
At times I thought, "I can't go on." I'd hurt, and doubt, and cry.
But Jesus never left my side He guided me each day.
Through pain and strife, through fire and flood He helped me all the way.
And now I see as ne'er before how great His love can be,
How in my weakness He is strong, how Jesus cares for me!
He worked it all out for my good, although the way was rough.
He only sent what I could bear, and then He said, "Enough!"
He raised His hand and said, "Be still!" He made the storm clouds cease.
He opened up the gates of joy and flooded me with peace.
I saw His face now clearer still, I felt His presence strong,
I found anew His faithfulness, He never did me wrong.
And now I know more storms will come, but only for my good,
For pain and tears have helped me grow as nothing ever could.
I still have so much more to learn as Jesus works in me;
If in the storm I'll love Him more, that's where I want to be!
~ Author Unknown ~
If you have never accepted the Father's gift of grace -- our Lord
Jesus Christ -- won't you do so today? God loves you unconditionally
and wants you to spend eternity with Him in heaven. There is no sin
so bad, no life so worthless, that He would ignore your prayer.
Please ask Him into your heart today. Let Him know you are sorry for
the sinful life you have led, and that you now want to live your life
with Him as your Lord, sharing the wondrous Gospel message.
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