Romans 3:23-26 (NASB)
“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified as a gift by His GRACE through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus; whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith. This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed; for the demonstration, I say, of His righteousness at the present time, so that He would be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.
For all have fallen short of God’s glory! So often I think we believe that we are more than we are, and that we can accomplish the works of God in our lives in our own power and abilities. As I have been studying Grace and it’s wonders, the more I am convinced that there is nothing I can do of my own accord. I am able to accomplish things only because of the grace and power of God through the redemptive work of Jesus Christ, and by the indwelling of His Spirit.
As Romans 14:7-9 states:
“For not one of us lives for himself, and not one dies for himself; for if we live, we live for the Lord, or if we die, we die for the Lord; therefore whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s. For to this end Christ died and lived again, that He might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.”
For if we live, we are to live for the Lord. Who are we to assume that we can accomplish anything without the awesome saving Grace of God? This Grace that we talk of so often as Christians is so much more than just the element that justifies us through faith, which is awesome in itself. But it is the very nature of God! In 1 John 4:8 it says: “The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” Grace is a large part of God’s love for us.
Let God’s grace be evident in your life today. Show grace in all you do today. Be patient, kind, merciful, caring and diligent. Let love power all you say and all you do.
Our Father in heaven is always ready to pour His love and grace on us. Let’s do as He would and do the same for others — in His power.
Holy Father, let Your grace pour out on me today so that I have the strength to take that same grace and pour it out on people with whom I come into contact. Father let me act as Your Word instructs and love as You love. And this to illustrate Your love to a world that is void of love and grace. Let Your grace, through me, illuminate the lives of those around me. In the name of Jesus the Christ.