Grace.

Posted: September 22, 2014 in BBF, Theology

Read: Titus 2:11-14

If I would summarize my life for the last thirty years, it is a story of grace. For I know that I am one who does not deserve the mercy and love of God yet I still continue to be of service to him. Exploring grace, we learn of the different kinds or variations of grace such as Sovereign grace, which is the love of God and the undeserved favor given to man. We have the saving grace, that is grace that saves us from going to hell. We also have sustaining grace, that is the grace that empowers us to keep going when we feel like giving up. Last but not the least, we learn of serving grace, the grace that shows gratitude by serving. With the idea of what grace is in our heads, the next question we can ask then is this,

“what does grace do to us?”

First, Grace redeems us. Grace is what placed Jesus on the cross. Grace is given when we are cleansed from our sin, our filth, our shame by the purchasing power of the blood of Christ (Rev. 1:5; Acts 4:12). Grace delivered us eternally from the penalty of sin, which means I am assured that my sins, past, present and future, are paid for in full (Rom. 6:23). Grace gives us the assurance of heaven when we die (John 14:1-3).

Next, Grace reforms us. It disciplines a believer of Christ on the things to avoid (such as ungodliness and worldly passions) and what to do (such as saying yes to a self-controlled life, an upright life, and a godly life). For someone who receives grace, We will not be going back from being rescued then jumping to the pig’s pen all over again because grace will teach us that we are no longer bound for the pig pen but for the home of the King! While there would be times when we stumble or fail, it does not excuse us to live vicariously. Rather, someone who knows what it is to be forgiven would also exercise forgiveness to others. Someone who knows what it is to have his debt canceled would be generous to others as well. We do not want to continue in sin because of our relationship with Him!

Lastly, Grace rewards. It delights us. We can look forward to the coming of the King of kings. We can live a life to please God for we know that it is not about what we do, it is about what He did! We can continue to serve people not because of our merits, but because of what He has already done for us. We can rest on His promises because of grace.

When we sing the song, Amazing grace, may we be reminded of what grace is. Think of the grace of God that He gave to us. Through His Son. Through what He is doing to us day by day.

May you experience God’s grace today.

This blog post is taken from the notes during the sermon, Amazing Grace, by Pastor Lowell Tallo of Banawa Bible Fellowship.

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