God's Amazing Grace Saved You from the Enemy!
By: Austin Creecy
In the midst of our failed attempts at loving Jesus, His grace covers us.
Francis Chan, Crazy Love
The Grace of God
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast (Ephesians 2:8-9).
God’s grace is one of the most powerful things discussed in the Bible. It is only by His grace that we are saved. Look back to the Old Testament, and you will see that the Israelites were given the Ten Commandments and the Law of Moses in Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. The Ten Commandments and the Law are what God expected the Israelites to live by. He expected them to live by it unfailingly. Now, the devil is the ruler of this world until judgment day. So, the devil and his principalities of darkness have kept all humans in bondage. This is where grace comes in.
...for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).
Enter Jesus of Nazareth! The prophesied Son of God. Jesus came to save all of us from being cast down with the devil into the lake of fire. He taught us who the Father truly is and who the Father wants us to be. He then went to the cross and was crucified, buried, and was risen to save us. Let that sink in for a minute. God sent His Son to be killed in a horrible way so that we wouldn’t have to spend eternity paying for our sin.
You may ask, “how does this show God’s grace?” Or say, “It sounds like God is horrible since he didn’t stop the Sanhedrin from killing His son!” While you may think those things, we must look at what Jesus accomplished as the Lamb of God.
The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, "Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world (John 1:29)!
John the Baptist knew Jesus was the prophesied son of God. He knew that Jesus would die so that we may live. When God gave the Ten Commandments, and the Law to Moses, part of that was about sacrificing animals, including unblemished (perfect) lambs, to cleanse the Israelites from the sin. The animal had to die so that the person who sinned didn’t have to. Jesus acted as the sacrificial un perfect lamb for all people who were and will be until the end of time. That’s right! You were saved by Jesus’s sacrifice before you were even born!
This is the grace of God. God knew we could not live up to what His expectations were. He didn’t want His people to continue dying. The Father wanted us to have life and more abundant (John 10:10). Our God loves us so much He allowed His Son to be killed on the cross for us to live without fear or thought of sin.
We can live knowing that we are forgiven. God forgives all of us and wants all of us to know it. We know that if we have seen Jesus, we have seen the Father (John 14:7). Jesus cleansed lepers and hung out with tax collectors. Jesus showed the same grace as God offers all of us.
"'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.' This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets" (Matthew 22:37-40)
Jesus gave the Sadducees these two commandments when asked, “what is the great commandment in the law?”. Love God with all our hearts, soul, and mind, and love your neighbors as yourself. Do you give yourself grace when you mess up? There can be times we are hard on ourselves; however, we know we have had a bad day or just haven’t felt 100%. We know personally, at least generally speaking, what has caused us to make a mistake. That leads to us being kind to ourselves and giving ourselves grace. What Jesus says by; love our neighbors as ourselves is, give your neighbor or the others around you grace. Be understanding, and when they do something that irritates you, forgive them and move forward. I’m not saying you shouldn’t point out something they did wrong if it is a repetitive problem or telling them they hurt your feelings but come at it from the point of love and understanding.
If God showed us grace when we didn’t deserve it and allowed His son to die, then surely, we can do as He asked through His Son and love one another as ourselves. Love is the key love will lead to grace. Showing others love will find hope in the darkness, which will lead to peace in both your heart and theirs.
And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love (1 Corinthians 13:13).
Love God and love each other. Accept God’s grace and freely give grace to others. You will find so much joy from the Lord by doing this, and you will be building your treasures in Heaven.
Prayer: Father God, thank You for loving me so much that You gave Your only Son for me. Thank You for the grace You give me every day and the love that You show me. Help me, Father, to freely give grace to others as You do. Help me to give myself grace more as well. Father, allow me this week to show someone grace and let that work for good in Your Kingdom. I love You, God, and I am so grateful that You are my Father. In Jesus’s mighty name, Amen.