1 Corinthians 1:3 Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
God be praised for a wonderful new day and new week. It’s a privilege and not a right to be alive today. We need to give thanks to God for the gift of life, daily as we live. And be grateful for how He has helped you live the life you are living. So unique and peculiar, it’s the grace of God.
I’ve heard many talk about Grace, partly from the angle that relates to sin, and for some other, from the angle that relates to extra ability to do something better. This morning, I will attempt to write from both perspectives as grace is not an abstract concept, only that to have a full understanding of it, you will need to look at it from the divine point of view.
What is Grace?
Grace is an empowerment, a divine ability given to somebody to perform excellently well even in a very difficult situation.
Grace is also an endorsement, saying, irrespective of who you are, what you can do or did, and the fault you have, you’ve been accepted and adjudged to be perfect, yet being empowered to live and act as one that is perfect.
So, with these two definitions, we should understand Grace. Scripture says, “we are justified by grace….” This means God on the basis of Grace, forgives and accepts us (although we are sinners, and at times still prone to sin), cleanses us (even with our filth), sees us as righteous (even when we ain’t), gives us the ability to live righteously, and makes us perfect. All these were captured in the phrase ‘justified by grace.’
Grace is not an empowerment to sin, neither is it a license to continue in sin. No. Many have miscontrued the benevolence of God’s grace for a license to sin, such that because “where sin abound, grace did much more abound.” “But shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?” “Certainly not.”
One who lives in sin cannot access the grace of God until He is willing to repent and be restored to God. The forgiving nature of God is such that He can leave you in whatsoever you’re doing and that’s what many have misinterpreted as having a covering grace. No. It’s a lie of the devil.
God doesn’t condemn, that must be established. God judges. He is the chief judge, the highest of all judges. One thing condemns, your conscience. And condemnation is a product of guilt from past or present sin. Even the devil cannot condemn you, but he accuses you before God and before men. For you, God doesn’t want you condemned, yet He doesn’t want you to continue to live as a sinner. Many have continued in the act of sin to the point that their conscience is completely dead, so they assume it for grace.
Grace empowers you to live righteously, denying all sin and the acts of sin. Scripture says, “sin shall not have dominion over you; for you are not ruled by the law, but are under the administration of grace.” So, under the dispensation of grace, we are empowered above the hold of sin and death. Sin and death thrives under the law in that “the sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.” 1 Cor. 15:56.
So, it is important to really know about Grace before we wrongfully interpret and misappropriate it in our lives. God wants us to live a life without guilt or condemnation and this can only happen by grace. Never take grace for God’s negligence to allow you continue to live in sin. Never. God frowns absolutely at sin, but He won’t condemn you, He wants you saved. So, when you turn away from your sins, He makes accessible His grace for you, by forgiving you, cleansing you, accepting as righteous and then empowering you to live righteously. That’s grace. Live gracefully. God bless you.