God’s Grace & Mercy – How It Applies To Us
There is power in the grace of God and as Christians we should understand how we can live our lives with a better perspective.
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
– Ephesians 2:8-9
If you were to study every major religion in the world, you would undoubtedly come across one common theme: the need to earn salvation. All across the globe, people are striving to earn favor with their god. They spend their lives in agony, thinking that somehow if they work hard enough, they’ll make it into heaven. It is a tragic ideology that is shared by countless people, even those who claim to be Christians. But for true followers of Christ, there is one word that negates this entire way of thinking. One word that sets us apart from everyone else: grace.
Grace says that there is nothing we could ever do to earn right standing before God. We are all sinners, deserving of death and punishment. No matter how many good deeds we complete, and no matter how good we think we are, we fall short of the glory of God by an infinite margin. The solution? Grace. Out of His great mercy and love, God sent Jesus Christ to die on our behalf and raise to life, so that we could know eternal life in Him. This is the gospel, and it is all centered around one simple idea: that we could not afford our salvation, so Jesus paid the price for us. Salvation is not a result of our works, but a free gift. All that we have to do is accept it, and commit our lives to Christ.
So once we have been saved, how are we meant to live? Consider Paul’s words in 2 Corinthians 12:9: “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” Because of the grace of God, we do not have to live in fear of our shortcomings. We don’t have to feel guilty that we don’t “measure up.” In fact, we can rejoice in our weakness because it is by our weakness that Christ’s power is made known.
The point of grace is not for us to stay dead in our sin, but to make us realize just how sinful we are and how merciful God is. By the Holy Spirit, we can repent of our sin and follow in the ways of God. Once we decide to follow Jesus, we are no longer who we were before. Gone are the days of doing whatever we want in hopes that it will bring us happiness. It is comforting to know that because of God’s grace, we can experience everlasting joy. We now have freedom to serve Him not out of mere obligation, but out of love. And when we are weary, we can always rest upon Him, because we know that even in our weakness, He gives more grace.