Grace- unmerited divine assistance given to humans for their regeneration or sanctification; a virtue of God; approval, favor, mercy, pardon, kindness, courtesy.
Romans 5:20-21 “the law was added so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, GRACE increased all the more, so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also GRACE might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
There is something so beautiful about the word grace in this verse and what it’s orginal Greek word for this type of grace is ‘charis’ this Greek term means “goodwill, loving kindness, favor, a merciful kindness by which God, is exerting His holy influence upon souls, turns them to Christ, keeps, strengthens, increases them in Christian faith, knowledge, affection and kindles them to the exercise of Christian virtues.” The beautiful thing is that no where in either definition does is say anything about receiving grace on our own apart from God.
We spend a lot of our lives especially as adults just expecting grace to just show up, not just from God but from those around us…we expect grace but we don’t give it. Grace in my opinion is one of the greatest things we as Christians take for granted.
My life without grace is a mess. I have never done anything in my life to deserve any kind of grace from God or anyone else for that matter. I did a pretty good job on my own of making a mess of my life before Christ entered the picture. I was careless, reckless and selfish. I lived on my own terms and certainly saw no need for grace. I lived in a constant state of believing I could provide myself with all the grace I needed.
I was blind.
I was broken.
I was in need of grace and not the grace I thought I could provide for myself; but the undeserved, unmerited, mercy and pardon from Christ. There is a grace shaped hole in our hearts and it is in the shape of a cross. We try to fill it with other people, stuff, cars, jobs, alcohol, etc. We even try to fill the hole with our own grace, the only grace that can fill that hole is God’s grace.
We do a great job of making a mess of our lives, but God does an even better job of cleaning up after us when we let Him.