So thankful for his Grace!

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According to the dictionary, Grace is the free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings.  We hear people also say things like it was by the “Grace of God” that they are here today. God forgiving us is his way of showing us his grace and mercy. Grace is his unconditional and unlimited love for us. He chose to send his son to die on the cross for us.  His grace can save us from our sins, but only if we truly confess our sins and turn away from them. Many people take advantage of his grace and continue to do the same thing over and over, and feel they can repent and expect him to forgive us. Imagine if God’s grace wasn’t free, and he had stipulations on his grace and forgiveness? We would be in bad place. God knows we will sin and fall short, but when we truly seek him and ask for his forgiveness the power of his grace can help us draw closer to him and we don’t have to turn back.

As I was growing up in church, as a young girl, I felt I had all this time to get my soul right with God. I accepted him at a young age but at the time I thought that once I accepted him that was it until I grew up. Yes, I still attended bible study, sang in the choir, danced on the dance team, and even was a nurse for the pastor. While doing all this I never truly understood the power of his grace. I was being young and doing things I shouldn’t have, living a double life and every time I was in a situation he was there to rescue me.

There were many times he could have left me and allowed things to be worse than they were, but he didn’t. He showed me how unconditional his love was and how much he truly was chasing me to come to him. God chases us too but at some point, we must stop running. It is truly his Grace and Mercy we are living to see each day. He does not have to pour that favor on us especially when the majority of the time we do not deserve it. He is our father and we are his children and he is just trying to love us like a father does.

His grace never runs out and never loses it power. It is up to us decide to come to him with the heart to fully want to say yes to him and no to the world. We must stop trying to live both lives and either choose to receive his everlasting grace or choose to continue doing what will hurt us in the end. It may be fun to do what we want, but when we know it’s not of God it will put us in situations we really didn’t intend to be. We must remember who holds the power, and once we realize his position we know anything in our life can change with a willing heart. Accept his powerful grace and stay encouraged.

2 Corinthians 12:8-9 NIV

8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

FaithKatherine Owens