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Grace Lived Out

“God’s graciousness is not totally removed from any individual during this lifetime.
In hell, it is.” -R.C. Sproul

Where would I be without God’s provision of grace? Where would any of us be?

You might be asking, “What exactly is grace?”

Grace – the free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings.

Instead of getting what we deserve, justice, wrath, death,etc.; God in his kindness and mercy, gives us what we do not deserve, salvation, blessings, forgiveness,etc. I don’t get what I deserve and neither do you (you can read more about that here).

Grace Lived Out

Grace looks like: a woman burdened and weighed down by sin, ashamed and without hope. She comes to a well in the heat of the day, rather than in the morning, to avoid the other women. She is met by Jesus who acknowledges her and asks for a drink. He then tells her about the gift of  living water which is only available through him. (John 4:1-26)

“…’Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst.
But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.'” John 4:13-14

Grace feels like: a woman who has dealt with a debilitating illness for 12 years. She has spent all of her money on doctors who cannot help her. She knows that she only needs to touch the hem of his garment to be healed, and she does.  Jesus asks (surrounded by a crowd) who touched his garment, she comes forward afraid and trembling and says she did, and she has been healed.  (Luke 8:42-48)

“Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.” Luke 8:48

Grace produces: a woman, a sinner, forgiven and thankful. She comes to Jesus and standing behind him, weeps. She begins to wash his feet with her tears and wipes them with her hair. She kisses his feet and anoints (pours over) them with fragrant oil. And when a Pharisee protests, Jesus shares a parable of two debtors. (Luke 7:36-50)

“Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little.'” Luke 7:47

He redeems, restores, and refreshes us. We don’t deserve it and can’t earn it. He gives it to us, freely.

 “But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8

I pray that you will know and experience the grace of God. If you cannot see it, than it is because you don’t realize your great need for it. If this is the case, I pray you will see the magnitude of your sins and your desperate need for a gracious God.

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works,
so that no one may boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9

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