As Christians, we often hear about grace, but what is grace? Webster’s Dictionary defines grace as “unmerited divine assistance given to humans for their regeneration or sanctification b: a virtue coming from God c: a state of sanctification enjoyed through divine assistance.” Biblically, Romans 3:23-25 defines grace as unmerited divine assistance given to us through Jesus Christ.
‘for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus; whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith. This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed; ‘ROMANS 3:23-25 NASB
Grace is something we experience daily. As believers, we know that His grace and mercy are new every morning in our life fromLamentations 3:22-23
‘It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. ‘Lamentations 3:22-23 KJV
So how can we see grace? How is grace manifested? I think the easiest way to identify an undeniable “grace moment” in your life is to recall a situation where you know the outcome should have been bad; all the ingredients were present for the worst possible outcome, but somehow, divinely, it didn’t turn out that way, that’s grace.
When I was backslidden and living in the world, I remember one night in my 20’s, driving drunk from a friend’s house in Aberdeen, MD, to my house in Baltimore, MD, more than 35 miles away. I remember people not wanting me to drive, but I fought them off and left anyway, and they couldn’t stop me. After getting in my car, I backed into someone else’s car. Everyone just stood there in shock as I pulled off. After that, I blacked out and didn’t remember anything after I backed into the car and drove off. I made it home that night but knew I should have been dead or in jail because I was severely inebriated and in no condition to drive. However, God showed up and extended His grace to me and everyone else on my path that night.
Of course, the ultimate example of grace is Jesus dying on the cross for our sins! I find it amazing that even after sending His only son to die for our sins, God STILL extends grace to us daily, and I thank God for His mercy. I’m a living witness that grace is “mercy, not merit.”Grace is getting what you don’t deserve and not getting what you do deserve.
I would love to hear your grace story; share it with me below in the comments!