Alicia Bailey Ministries
"Empowering People for Purpose"

God's Loving Grace

(2 Peter 3:18) "But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen."

Grace is an on-going theme throughout the Bible. The word "Grace" comes from the Greek word charis, which means “kindness.” We all can extend human grace to each other; but when the word grace is used in connection with God our Father, it takes on a much more powerful meaning. God’s Grace is an undeserved free gift of favor and love given by God. Grace is God choosing to bless us rather than curse us as our sin deserves. In other words, it is His compassion on the undeserving human race. God’s Grace is given to us free of charge because He loves us. Think about it this way. All of the other religions of the world offer salvation and loving kindness by their works. They say if you become good enough then you can work your way to God. But for the Christian believer, this free gift of grace is offered to us through Jesus Christ, not by our own works or by our own human efforts but simply by accepting God’s love.

Ephesians 2:8 "For by grace are you saved, through faith, and that not of yourselves."

The only way any of us can enter into a true relationship with God is because of His loving kindness toward us (Grace). The bible teaches us that grace began in the Garden of Eden when God covered the sin of Adam and Eve 
(Genesis 3:21). He could have killed them both for their disobedience. But rather than destroy them, He chose to love them and to make a way for them to be right with Him. In other words, He provided His great grace. This pattern of grace is present throughout the Old Testament when God introduced sacrifices as a means of reconciliation for sin. But it was not the sacrifices that cleansed sin in the Old Testament; but rather it was the grace of God that forgave those who trusted in Him (Hebrews 10:4).

In the New Testament grace is initiated through Jesus Christ.

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given.  For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ (John 1:14-17).”

The above scripture teaches us that Jesus was Grace. Throughout the New Testament we see God’s grace through the things that Jesus did. In other words, by the coming of Jesus Christ and through the acceptance of Him (Grace) into our lives we assure that our sin is forgiven. The word of God encourages us to believe that God's grace is sufficient enough to cover any amount of sin, failures, or problems that comes our way (2 Corinthians 12:9). It also teaches us that where sin abounded, grace did much more (Romans 5:20). Many people struggle with the reality of letting go of their past to take hold of their future because they have not fully accepted God’s grace. Because Jesus Christ was sent through forty-two generation to shed His blood and die for the sin of mankind we can confidently live free of guilt, shame, and regret if we accept Him. We must understand that God has enough grace to meet and supply all of our needs. His loving kindness forgives, erases, and allows us to overcome in life. What a wonder feeling to live under God’s Grace. However, we must understand that God’s grace does not give us permission to sin but it gives us the authority to break free from sin so that we are not held captive by sin.

Titus 2:11-14 For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. 12 It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, 13 while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.

Aren't you glad that God's grace does not depend on our efforts or works? It totally depends upon God’s loving kindness.

“For he says to Moses, "I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion (Romans 9:15-16)."
For God so lo.ved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16).

Everything God does for us is because He loves us. If we are willing to accept God’s loving kindness through Jesus Christ to work in our lives then we can live life under grace

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