Do you ever wonder why we even need the gift of Gods grace? If you’ve been saved for a number of years or even if you are a second generation Christian it is too easy to make grace trite in our lives. We forget the significance of grace and often find ourselves lacking in offering grace to others.
There are at least 3 powerful reasons why we need grace from God. 3 reasons why we should be intentional about putting ourselves in the paths of receiving more and more grace from the Father.
We have salvation because of God’s amazing grace.
God doesn’t pick and choose who can and cannot have salvation. For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, (Titus 2:11).
He didn’t come to condemn us of our sin and faults, He came to save us because He loves us. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (John 3:16-17)
I can’t imagine how different my life would be without my salvation. Salvation gives us purpose in this life-to pursue holiness and to share the gospel with others. We aren’t here to live for ourselves but to live for God, to bring Him glory. Being a child of the King changes your life if you let it.
Grace justifies us.
“It was sheer grace that United us by faith to Jesus.” David Mathis, Habits of Grace
2. Continual forgiveness.
I don’t know about you, but I need the continual forgiveness that God gives us. I’m a total mess up on a daily basis. I’m a sinner saved by grace who is in constant need for God’s forgiveness.
Knowing my own frailty and having my sin ever before me (Psalm 51:3) reminds me just how much I need the grace of God.
Grace sanctifies us.
“Grace is too strong to leave us passive, too potent to let us wallow in the mire of our sins and weaknesses.” David Mathis, Habits of Grace
3. To offer forgiveness to others.
Because God is always forgiving me of my sin how can I not extend that same grace and forgiveness to others? Jesus is our example and His supply of forgiveness is never ending, therefore, ours should be as well.
This is harder than it seems, isn’t it? Our feelings and pride get in the way. We have our rights and demand to be heard. When our feelings are hurt, when we are betrayed it can be one of the hardest things we have to do. Forgiveness is learned art. It’s not going to come naturally to us but it is something that we need to always be intentional about doing.
Imagine how different our lives would be if one day the Lord decided to stop forgiving us and withholds His grace from us.
I’m afraid to find out.
Grace is essential to the spiritual life, yet we don’t control the supply. We need to stay connected to the Source in order to receive an abundant supply. He gives us the strength to carry on when we think we can’t and He gives us the strength and grace to be gracious to others. Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. May we learn to be the same with ourselves and those in our lives. Extending grace to others is a clear demonstration of God’s work in our lives. God is so lavish in extending His grace towards us!
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Your turn! Do you struggle with accepting God’s grace or extending grace to others? What area are you hoping to grow in during this study of grace? Let’s chat in the comments below!