For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time—to show us his grace through Christ Jesus. (2 Tim. 1:9, NLT)
Ever wondered where you would be if God had not shown grace toward you? I’ve thought about that question many times. If it had not been for God’s grace, oh, where would we be? If God had not showered His grace upon us, how would our lives be? Today, if God should decide to remove His kindness, His favor, His blessings, His forgiveness, His mercy, and His love (which all encompasses God’s grace) from humanity what would happen? How would this world be?
Grace, according to Webster’s dictionary, is unmerited divine assistance given humans for their regeneration or sanctification, a virtue coming from God, a state of sanctification enjoyed through divine grace, a special favor, privilege, an act or instance of kindness, courtesy, mercy, forgiveness.1
Think about it:
Without God’s grace, you and I would get just what we deserved. We would receive our just reward, which is punishment. We wouldn’t have God’s divine favor following us (Ps. 23:6), but experience His wrath immediately. There would be no peace and harmony among us, no fulfillment, nothing would satisfy. We would always want, which would make us more sinful and wicked. There would be despair, discord, and confusion in our lives. Mayhem, violence, and panic would be all around everywhere. Not to mention, the chaos we would go through internally. If we didn’t have God’s grace, we would have our own personal tsunami, being physically, spiritually, and mentally tormented by evil.
We think the world is bad and corrupt. We think people have lost their minds and violence is running rapid, but it would be worse, unbearable. Can you imagine? God’s wrath would be unleashed and Satan and his demons would be given free range to afflict us over and over again. There would be hell right here on earth.
There would be no need for a Savior, no sacrificial Lamb to take our place. Jesus would not have a reason to come because we’d received our death sentence. Guilty as charged! We would be condemned, already paying in full our sin debt. We would receive no pardon for those crimes committed, only retribution from a holy and just God. There wouldn’t be a need for deliverance. No need to be redeemed or saved. God’s sunshine, His beauty, goodness, and blessings on us would be no more. We’d no longer be able to distinguish between right and wrong, good and evil. We wouldn’t be able to understand God’s truth, hear it His truth and embrace it. Were it not for grace, you and I would be powerless, sinful people controlled by our sins.
My sister, I don’t know your story; however, I can share a little bit about mine. I know where I’d be had it not been for God’s grace. I would be a prisoner of my own sins, believing the lies of Satan, and living out my days by his deceptions. I would always be victimized by him, never winning, but coming up short every time. I would have no peace, no courage, and no fight in me, and no will to live. The heartbreaks and sorrows that I have experience would drag me deeper into a bottomless pit. If not physically dead, I would be spiritually dead. Dead by my trespasses, guided by sin. I would probably be in an insane asylum, tormenting myself. I’d be like the man Mark and Luke writes about, who was tormented by demons (Mk. 5:1-20; Lk. 8:26-39). Maybe I would be on a corner somewhere defiling my body or in a gutter drowning in my filthiness.
Without God’s Grace, we would be lost, shackled, and in torment. But thank God for grace! Thank God for His saving grace. His amazing grace!! His grace frees us, and opens our eyes to see that we are endlessly loved by the Creator. In spite of what we’ve done, despite of who we were, where we came from, or the kind of hell we’ve been through, God’s amazing grace saved us!
You know, we don’t deserve His grace. We don’t deserve His love or anything He gives us; even still, at every second and every minute is a perfect opportunity to show our gratitude to God.
It’s Monday…..already! Let’s use every chance to let our Heavenly Father know we appreciate His grace.
1. “Grace.” Merriam-Webster.com. Accessed June 28, 2014. http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/grace.
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