Daily Good News – Grace is not an Option
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Jul 8, 2015 1115
“For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God” (Ephesians 2:8).
It’s a word we use often, and there are many definitions for the word ‘grace’. It’s wonderful to think of grace as “the unmerited favour of God”, or “God’s riches at Christ’s expense”.
Here is one to consider today: “Grace is the very DNA of God, made human in Jesus Christ.”
Some definitions make it sound as if grace is an attribute of God, as if he were human. In other words, God can choose to show grace or he can choose not to show grace – as if grace is optional for God. But that is not what grace is. It is not an optional attribute of God. So, grace is the very DNA of God. It is who God is!
There are some things that God cannot do because they are not in his nature. For example, he cannot tell a lie, he cannot choose to withhold grace. Only you can choose to accept it or not.
Grace is made human in Jesus Christ, so that it is not just an abstract concept. Instead, it is fully and completely embodied in a person. It is accessible for you and for me, so that we can understand it, be touched by it, and be healed by it. Be filled with his grace today!