Thursday, August 29, 2013

Atributes of God- Grace!

GRACE- Oh my goodness what a precious word.  One that I am sure that we use more than any other.  Sometimes we use it and we don't really think about it.  So, as we usually do, lets look at a definition. 

Most popular one.--  a blessing asked, or thanks rendered, before or after a meal.
Another- The divine favor toward man; the mercy of God, as distinguished from His justice; also, any benefits His mercy imparts; divine love or pardon; a state of acceptance with God; enjoyment of the divine favor.

Grace being an attribute of God.  Looking at the definition, let's see if we can wrap our human brains around this. 

We can experience God's grace in so many ways.  Thinking in line with the definition, we, who are believers live in a state of acceptance with God.  What an incredible thought.  We can live and experience the mercy of God.  Just those two speak so much volume to me!  Looking into scriptures we see this beautiful word of GRACE used.  Such an incredible word.  Lets look and see what we can find.

  • Psalm 145:17 — The Lord is righteous in all His ways, gracious in all His works.
  • Romans 1:5 — Through Him we have received grace and apostleship for obedience to the faith among all nations for His name.
  • Romans 3:24 — [We] being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.
  • Romans 5:15,20 — But the free gift is not like the offense. For if by the one Jesus Christ, abounded to many. Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more.
  • Ephesians 4:7 — But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ's gift.
  • Hebrews 4:16 — Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
  • I know I have probably said it a million times but these are some of my favorite verses.  Reading through them again, I can't help but to think about how the Lord loves and shows grace so much to us.  At the same time thinking that we are to be made in the likeness of Christ, do we treat others with the same grace.  Something to be chewing on today! 

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