Amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me.
The familiar song that even the unsaved are familiar with.
To be honest, this song is one that I tend to skip the most on any CD, I roll my eyes when we sing in church for the millionth time. I’ve let myself become indifferent to the words. I don’t let it affect me. I’m not a fan of the melody in all honesty and I do think it is overplayed, but the words are powerful if you take the time to actually read them.
The way that I react to the song is the same way that many people react to the power of God’s grace. We take it for granted, we don’t the time to see it’s significance and we don’t value its effect on our lives.
What is grace, anyway?
It’s probably the most talked about word in the Chrisitan circle. It’s mentioned 170 times in Scripture.
Grace has the power to change our lives but we let it’s effect become deadened by how frequently we throw it around. That’s why I think it is so important to take the time to study it out, to dig deep into the Scripture and remind ourselves just how amazing God’s grace is.
Grace is defined as the free unmerited love and favor of God.
We don’t deserve it and we certainly cannot earn it. It is a gift.
Romans 5:17 For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)
Without grace we wouldn’t have our salvation. Jesus’ death on the cross and forgiveness of our sins is the greatest example of God’s grace upon us.
Do you remember when you were first saved? That immense joy that washed over you? You wanted to tell everyone how the Lord changed your life. You wanted to be the best Chrisitan on the planet, read your Bible faithfully, pray without ceasing and soul win like a crazy person. The happiness that comes with a baby Christian is precious. But just like most things, the emotions fade away and we soon forget the life changing effect of God’s grace in our life.
It doesn’t have to be that way and it certainly doesn’t have to stay that way. We don’t have to wait until the next revival meeting in our church to have that flame reignited. When we continually remind ourselves of how grace changed our lives, when we won’t take it and our salvation for granted. We will continually live in a state of gratitude and begin to show grace to others. Don’t let that well run dry if you want to be more gracious to others!
Grace give us the power to overcome the chains of sin.
Romans 6:1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
Romans 6:6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
Because we have God’s grace in our lives we are no longer chained to the strongholds in our lives. We can overcome our bad habits, our sin, our pride. We have the power overcome! How amazing is that?
Just because we have God’s grace in our lives doesn’t give us that green light to continue in our sin. It’s exactly the opposite. God wants us to live in the newness of life because of His grace. Grace isn’t the permission to continue in sin.
Romans 6:15 What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.
How many times does Satan try and tell us that we cannot change our bad habits? That we can’t ever control our tongue, our attitude, or sinful habits? We all fall prey to this lie because we lack the faith in God’s amazing grace.
Grace has always been a part of God’s character.
We serve a gracious, loving God. Even before Jesus died on the cross, we see the many ways in which God showed grace towards His people.
He led them to safety, He provided for their needs, He blessed them. Reading through the Old Testament we see the many times God showed grace with His people and many times they took that for granted. They still complained, they still doubted, they still turned to idols. How that must break God’s heart!
While it easy to judge the Israelites, we cannot judge for too long because we are just as guilty. We complain about more things than Israelites, don’t we? We stay home from church to watch the football game, the idol of the American people.
We can’t do anything to buy God’s grace, it’s in His very nature to be gracious with us. You can overcome the strongholds in your life by God’s grace. While we don’t deserve it, He showers us with His amazing grace. Let that truth sink down deep into your soul. When you doubt, speak that truth into your heart.
Will you let God’s grace change your life?
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Your turn! Do you struggle with accepting God’s grace in your life? Do you think you are unworthy? How can I pray for you this week?
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