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.'”

Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11
We have all seen this verse posted on pictures, books, and we may have used it for encouragement for what is going on in our own life or in another person’s life. But what is going on in the surrounding verses that God is actually saying? Listen to Jefferson Bethke‘s as he expands on the verse and what is going on in the surrounding verses.

This video gives truth to the circumstances to the Babylonians. Now I am not saying that God doesn’t have a plan for each one of us. He does. However, quoting this to a person who is struggling, God had a very specific plan for the people of Babylonia and they needed to trust him and do what he wanted. The same applies  to our lives, but when a friend is struggling with some thing shouldn’t we ask them what they feel is the right thing to do? God calls us to be people of action. This doesn’t mean simply pray and God’s will is going to happen. Yes ALWAYS pray! There is no if, ands, or buts for that, when making a serious even a small decision ask God for guidance. When we seek him for the small things, when those larger decision come along won’t we turn to him naturally during those storms?

I guess since this specifically says what you want to tell the person it’s the easy way out. That doesn’t mean it’s the right thing to do. What can we do better for people than give our time for them. Don’t you feel valued and blessed when a friend or person you look up to, takes time to speak with you doing a big activity, simply seeing how you’re doing when he or she see you, or asks you to do something? We all have that person, you could even be that person for someone else.

That is what’s an amazing blessing about having a community. We are blessed with a community but telling someone that God has a plan, yeah you did a small part but did you really listen to them? Better yet, did you feel appreciated or heard when someone said that to you? I know we are told to look to others, serve other, do as God would do, but when you are being there for someone if you’re doing it right remind yourself, if the actions you are doing for someone else, would you want done for you? Would you want that said to you? It’s not even about saying the right thing, but letting that person know that you are listening to them and her for them. Most likely no matter who you are we will say the wrong thing, possibly give bad advice, or you might say the right thing. No mater what it’s for God’s glory.  Bring this all to him and that will make him smile and in the end we all need him. So listening friend, don’t put a pressure on yourself to say the right thing, just remember God is there with you. Also talking friend, your friend isn’t God so don’t harp on them to give you the perfect advice or blame them when your plan doesn’t work.

We have an awesome amazing God who is continuously there for us! Yes, he does have a plan, but his plan may not be clear to you, he will work these things into your life that is why we are called to trust in him. I will leave you with Psalm 16:9-11: “Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure, because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead, nor will you let your faithful one see decay. You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.”