Tuesday, January 13, 2009

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Happy Tuesday, people.

Today I am thinking about grace. Webster's Dictionary defines grace as (1) the exercise of love, kindness, mercy; disposition to benefit or serve another; favor bestowed or privilege conferred and (2)The divine favor toward man; the mercy of God, as distinguished from His justice- there are more definitions but, you get the picture.

I still think that grace is a misunderstood thing, well, for me anyway. Grace is a gift from God to us. It is available to everyone (Titus 2:11 says, "For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men"). Grace is given to us because Jesus Christ came to earth, lived, suffered and died. He paid the price for our sins with His own blood.

Scripture defines grace a little differently. Again Titus 2:11-12, "For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that , denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world." This says that grace teaches us how to live here on earth. That is a little bit different than just thinking that it's something you get or have, right?

We must live as God wants us to in both our hearts and our lives. He wants us to completely give our hearts to Him and not just "do good works". Ephesians 2:8-9 says, "For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one should boast." Once we give our hearts to Him, we can live a more righteous life. We cannot get rid of sin any other way than through God.

This is a little heavier than other days so, I'm gonna sit here and think some more on this. Please feel free to comment on God's grace and what it means to you. I know that there are a few different religions here and I welcome what everyone has to say.

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