06 Mar GRACE
By: Lewis Jay Jarvis
Come on sing it with me, you know you know the words: “Amazing Grace how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me; I once was lost, but now I’m found, I was blind but now I see.”
How many times have you heard that song in churches across the world? What does it actually mean?
The dictionary defines Grace as, “The free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings.” WOW! That’s a lot to take in.
To put it in laymen’s terms, Grace is getting something great you didn’t earn or deserve.
This word, grace, is one of the most precious and powerful words in scripture. It’s a word used to designate anything that’s called out of the heart—wonder, admiration, pleasure, joy, etc.
It also came to signify the doing of a favor graciously, spontaneously, a favor did without expectation of return, but arising only out of the generosity of the giver. Grace is a gift which implies the presence of the giver. The giver and gift are so intertwined that the gift cannot be handed over unless the giver is involved.
Most often, people will confuse grace with mercy. They’re related like “cousins,” but they are not synonymous. Grace is GIVING that which is not deserved. Mercy is WITHHOLDING that which is deserved.
Two sides of the same coin you might say. Take for an instance the following relatable relationship for example:
“When you break up with someone, and you both choose to continue to be friends afterward, but one of you begin to express his/her love for you and the mistakes they made while you were dating, it’s God’s Grace which allows you to listen.
When you don’t rub in, point out their mistakes or justifiably “cuss” at them to save their feelings, that’s Mercy.
Let Grace go before you so that mercy will follow you.
Scriptural Reference: Romans 5:20
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