What is Grace?

(John testified concerning him. He cried out, saying, “This is the one I spoke about when I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’ ”) Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known. John 1:15-18

There can either be two extremes, think we don’t deserve God’s grace or we abuse his grace because we are saved by it Both are so wrong that we need to know God, he is just, he is fair, he does what is best for us. Next time you think the phase, well God’s grace has saved me, really reflect on that. What do you need saving from? How are you aware of God’s grace? Is this a continues action that you’re choosing to not change? Truly think about why you’re thankful for God’s grace.

On the other side, you are deserving of God’s grace. There is no wrong that you have done that doesn’t surprise God. God wants to save you, he wants to hold you, he wants to rescue you. Allow God to work in your life and seek him when the things of this world seem so great. God has conquered this world. He has conquered all that you’re dealing with.

Satan would love for us to stop praying and seeking God. We could read the Bible all we want but if we lose our relationship with God then it can be another book we read. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 we’re told, “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (NIV) Pray continually! God will show you his grace. You are deserving and you are saved by God. Be aware if you’re doing your will or God’s will.

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Grace

As Christians we are a people saved by God’s grace. With that it changes our hearts, how we treat others and ourselves.
(John testified concerning him. He cried out, saying, “This is the one I spoke about when I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’ ”) Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. John 1:15-17

Read this article from Relevant a Magazine: Relevant Magazine, Grace Doesn’t Mean You Get to Do Whatever You Want

Grace, it doesn’t come from us being good people, it’s a gift from God. Is grace on us is a gift and our grace to others. We cannot do that along we need him. When we become Christians, the Holy Spirit enter our hearts. In this world it is filled with sin, we should not expect things to be fair nor does it give us a right to mistreat others. When someone mistreats us then it gives us the chance to grow in grace. We need to seek God.

Philippians 2:3-5 – “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus”

Colossians 3:12-15 – “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.”

Ephesians 1:6-9 – “to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ,”

Each one of these verses are amazing reminds to know we are to be humble and show grace, because God has given us that ability. We have an amazing God! Jesus came to Earth to give us the chance to have the Holy Spirit in our heart. It is thank to him that we are able to have him with us at all times. With God we suffer so that we can grow closer to him, we need him. Through suffering it challenges our faith to show us how much we need him.

Romans 5:3-6 – “Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.”

There is no words that I can put to show the true glory of the Holy Spirit but Jesus wanted us to know that even though he is not physically with us, the Holy Spirit is at all times. We are NEVER alone. Take peace in knowing that and that grace is not a right nor something that we are blessed with that no one else understands. This should be how we live our life and others know grace by our actions.

Now I will leave you with the words of Jesus in John 14:25-27 , “’All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.'”

His Grace is Sufficient

“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:9, 10

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From the verse above, God needs us to be weak because we can then see his need for him in our life. Through Christ, when we are weak, don’t you feel incredible strong when you’re trusting in him? It’s so powerful. When God calls us to a place and to live the life he has designed for us, he gives us the power and strength to have his glory be shown through all we do.

That is what has made yesterday’s post with the verses from 2 Corinthians 12:9, 10 tie in with today’s article and passage:

One of the biggest struggles can be asking yourself what you’re doing with your life. However as a Christian you may ask, “Am I doing what I’m called to do? What am I called to do?” Sometimes where we are is exactly where God has called us to be.
Each person should remain in the situation they were in when God called them. Were you a slave when you were called? Don’t let it trouble you—although if you can gain your freedom, do so. For the one who was a slave when called to faith in the Lord is the Lord’s freed person; similarly, the one who was free when called is Christ’s slave. You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of human beings. Brothers and sisters, each person, as responsible to God, should remain in the situation they were in when God called them. 1 Corinthians 7:20-24

Relevant Magazine’s article: “How to Find Your Calling (And Why Most People Get This Wrong)

Rejoice! You have a God that has a plan for you! He has called you to be where you are and doing something that you have the skills for, a passion, and you shine with his glorious light! Yes, there are times of struggle and weakness even in those callings, but that is why we need God. God shows us his strength and our true need for him.

I know I am repeating myself. Just let that all sink in. We have a God who calls us to be where we are, doing something we love, and all we need to do is follow him and serve him. Now with that we are continuously blessed. God continuously gives and gives for us. Yes, his grace is sufficient because without it we would be so lost. Think of previous or current struggles. Isn’t it unimaginable to go through any of those things without God? I would not want to go through this life without God.

Maybe the point is not so constantly be seeking a calling, but to pray and ask God for his guidance. He will bring us an answer. You could be at your calling now and be completely unaware because you are so desperately trying to find your calling. Open your eyes to his glory and be present. In all things that you do, serve, and every conversation – BE PRESENT! God is always there for us, why can’t we be there for his people and those lost sheep or those found to help in his glory? It is not about getting through to the many, it is all about the one. Build on the relationships you currently have, those that you’ve neglected try to reconnect.