Thankful Thirty – Grace is More than You Think

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Grace is a difficult word to explain and hard to understand. But one thing is for certain . . . it's more than you think.

What do you think about grace?

Some define it as God’s undeserved favor. Others like to say, “God’s riches at Christ’s expense.”

The dictionary says:

For Christians – The free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings.

I like to make it easier than that.

Grace is God giving me what I don’t deserve, and mercy is God not giving me what I do deserve.

No one likes to think about deserving eternal punishment. Honestly, I don’t like to think about any kind of punishment. I never have…

I grew up a rule follower. A “good girl.” So, I never wanted to think about not being good enough. I grew up in church. I went to parochial school. I worked hard to do it right and my pursuit of perfection followed me into adulthood.

But—the truth is I wasn’t good enough. Not even close.

And then I listened to a big lie. On the surface it didn’t look like a sin. Most people wouldn’t call it a sin, but I knew. I knew it wasn’t obedience! And the truth hit me hard. My good wasn’t good enough. It never had been.

That’s when I stopped thinking of grace as a band-aid for my slip ups and I took a long focused look at my heart. AND – I fell on my face.

That’s what happens when you come face to face with Jesus. When you look at yourself in light of who He is . . . you fall.

And He lifts. He’s the only one who can.

Grace is a difficult word to explain and hard to understand. But one thing is for certain . . . it's more than you think..

He gently takes faces in His hands and says look into these eyes – they love you. They have always loved you. He lifts the one who has finally realized how undeserving they are and He says this is grace. For you.

Max Lucado wrote this about grace:

“You may be decent. You may pay taxes and kiss your kids and sleep with a clean conscience. But apart from Christ you aren’t holy. So how can you go to heaven? Only believe. Accept the work already done, the work of Jesus on the cross.

Accept the goodness of Jesus Christ. Abandon your own works and accept His. Abandon your own decency and accept His. Stand before God in His name, not yours.

It’s that easy? [Wait] There was nothing east about it at all. The cross was heavy, the blood was real, and the price was extravagant. It would have bankrupted you or me, so He paid it for us. Call it simple. Call it a gift. But don’t call it easy.

Call it what it is. Call it grace.” ~from A Gentle Thunder

I’m thankful for grace. Grace that changes everything . . . that makes faith possible.

“Faith is a living, daring confidence in God’s grace, so sure and certain that a man could stake his life on it a thousand times.” ~Martin Luther

Father, Thank you for the gift of grace. Thank you for Jesus. Thank you for making a plan of your children and following through with it. A plan that is simple, but not easy. Forgive me for all my “good girl” foolishness. Forgive me for making light of Your grace. Forgive me for not understanding Your love. Forgive me for failing to simply trust and obey. Help me Father. I know Your ways, plans, and purposes are perfect. Help me live in ways that show how much I love You. Help my life to give You glory. In Jesus name. Amen.

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  1. I didn’t truly understand Grace until a few short years ago. And still every time I think about it, I am completely awed and filled up with emotion. The redemption story blows my mind. All of it.

    1. I know Carrie! I grew up in church and knew all the Biblical accounts, but it wasn’t until grace became personal that it hit home in a way that has forever changed me. Beyond comprehension and all I need! Blessings!

  2. I prayed the prayer you wrote, Deb, and tears came. Your story is mine, too. “Forgive me all my ‘good girl’ foolishness” really hit home. You reminded me once again that His grace is sufficient, it is enough, but it comes with a price we could never repay. Thanking Jesus now for His suffering for my sins; may I never take this for granted, not for one moment.

    1. Oh Martha, Your kindness blesses me. HIs grace is sufficient and every time I try to replace it with my “good girl” foolishness I make it a little less in my heart and mind. Praying to faithfully let its magnitude wash over me in a way that lays me flat every single day! Blessings to you my friend!

  3. Call it grace. What a powerful truth! i am learning more and more about it each day and have some willing learners here to learn more about it. It is a fun place to be.

    1. I’m with you . . . I want to learn more and more every day. And then, the blessing of sharing what I learn. I’m still floored that He allows me to do this thing I love so much!

      Don’t you just love Max Lucado’s quote. He has an amazing way of speaking to both mind and heart. Blessings!

  4. Brianna George says:

    Grace is a Person. Grace is supply. He supplies our Eternal Need as well as daily needs as we remain.

    1. Grace is Jesus! Thank you so much for stopping by and saying hello! Many blessings!

  5. Victor Moubarak says:

    Grace is God giving me what I don’t deserve, and mercy is God not giving me what I do deserve.This is brilliant and very memorable. Thank you.God bless.