Sorry for the lack of post last week. I had my notes done, but just didn’t type up the post.
Today, I want to talk about Grace. This blog is called Grace Filled Love. So what exactly is it that I’m trying to fill my love with? What is this word used so often in Christian circles? Let’s look into that.
Most of what I found referred to grace as finding favor in God’s eyes. So that’s grace. End of story, right? Well not quite. I think that to use the definition of finding grace in God’s eyes, brings up even more questions for me. Who gets this favor and what does that even look like?
Grace is typically seen as a gift. Something God gave us. So we have to two questions we will look at today: What is this gift? (Or what does it look like?) and Who is this ‘us’ that have received this gift? So I skimmed through some books I have to come up with these answers. I used very little research from the internet, aside from looking up Bible verses.
My answers are just that, my answers. I am not a theologian. I have a limited understanding of God’s word. I have a limited understanding of words in general. I’m the person who acts like I understand you instead of asking what things mean. And I’m taking way to long with this intro that this post may be split into two posts. So let’s move on to the topic at hand: grace.
Grace is God’s favor, so what does that favor look like? There are multiple instances in which God showed favor to people. Abraham (father of many descendants), Noah (who built the ark and survived the flood), and Mary (mother of Jesus) are just a few examples. With Easter approaching, let’s look at the crucifixion. Let’s start big and work our way to our everyday lives where most of us don’t see people getting crucified on the regular.
“Grace is God’s unmerited favor toward us that He gave us through Christ’s death and resurrection” (Broocks 194). What happened on the cross? Jesus died on the cross for our sins. In that action He took on the sins of man, woman, and child. In that action was forgiveness and a clean slate. It was a promise to not hold our sins against us because Jesus paid the price. “For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace” Romans 6:14 (ESV).
One of the most well-known verses, John 3:16, says “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” Another part of that favor is everlasting life. When Jesus died upon the cross he did not stay dead. Instead, He rose from the dead. He conquered death. In doing so, he gave us eternal life. It’s not immortality. It is not saying that there will be no physical deaths of our flesh. It is a reference to our spiritual life.
So now that we know what is given with this favor, it is now time to look at who can receive this favor. Looking back at John 3:16, we find the phrase “whoever believes in Him.” That is the who. It was a big deal at the time that this offer was not solely for jews. This offer was for both Jew and Gentile. Anyone can believe and anyone can get this favor.
“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast” Ephesians 2:8-9 (ESV). With grace we do not have to earn these gifts through our own deeds. It is freely given, all we need to do is accept it by believing.
Next week I’ll touch more on God’s grace, but I’m interested in what that means for us giving it each other. Grace filled love is about extending and accepting grace. So until next week, my lovelies. Have a great week.
Broocks, Rice. Gods not dead: evidence for God in an age of uncertainty. Thomas Nelson, 2013.