When someone ask me, Hey, how are you doing?, I was taught to reply this way, “I am doing well by the grace of God”. And most of time I get the same reply when I ask my Christian friends, how they are doing?. I understand this is kind of a common answer. And that reply is absolutely perfect, nothing wrong in that. But over the course of time this reply became so casual for me.
So recently while I was reading through the scriptures, especially through Paul’s epistles, Holy Spirit of God helped me to understand God’s grace much more deeper. And I’m so thankful for that. It is of no doubt that we all have received the grace of God. For word of God says,
“For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.”John 1:16 ESV
Calling/Saving/Forgiving/Preserving grace of God.
It’s is this Grace of God that we received through Christ Jesus called us, saved us, protects us and will one day present us before His glorious presence without fault and with great joy (Jude 1:24). We are saved by grace through faith in Christ Jesus and not by our own efforts or works (Ephesians 2:8-9).
Ephesians 1:7 “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.”
2 Timothy 1:9 “He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time”.
Grace of God called us to salvation and holiness. This is not because of anything we did, but because of His own purpose in us. We all know and understand the grace of God that saved us, but how often we realize the other side of this. Grace of God saved us for a purpose. As I mentioned in the beginning, it is for us to do well. Do well the life He gave us. To live a Holy life, pleasing to God and fulfill His purpose in this life.
We cannot live a holy life without this grace. There is a constant battle against us. We need the grace of God that empowers us and equips us to stand strong. Apostle Paul, inspired by the Holy Spirit talks about this grace that strengthens him.
Strengthening grace – Grace of God strengthens us.
2 Corinthians 12:8-9- “Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 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.”
When we feel weary, tired and weak trust in His grace. He who called us is faithful and He will bring into completion what He started in us. But it is important that we remember and realize that we are standing and will continue to stand only because of His grace.
We see Stephen, a faithful man of God, full of God’s grace and power in Acts chapter 6. We don’t read a lot about him in scriptures. We don’t see anything about his family , but what is known about him is very important.
Acts 6:8 Now Stephen, a man full of God’s grace and power, performed great wonders and signs among the people.
He lived a life pleasing to God. His life is truly an inspiration to us. Even in the midst of strong opposition and persecution, Stephen trusted the grace of God and His power. He didn’t fear death, he couldn’t compromise his faith in God nor could he deny the power of Jesus Christ. He testified boldly about the grace of God.
When we understand the unmerited favor of God upon our lives, how can we deny His ways and plans on our lives. Our motivation, our encouragement to live a Holy, pleasing life for God is His grace and mercy upon our lives. When a master forgives the servant his mistakes and restore him back to his original position, the response and the work that servant do afterwards will be out of a grateful heart. He will be living to please the master, if he truly understands his mistakes and the grace his master showed to him. This is how we should respond to the grace of God that redeemed us.
Teaching grace- Grace of God teaches us.
“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.” Titus 2:11-14 NKJV
Grace of God teaches us to
- Say ‘No’ to ungodliness
- Deny world lusts.
- Live soberly
- Live righteously
- Live godly life
Grace of God
- Redeemed us
- Purify us
- And makes us zealous for good works.
Just be submissive and teachable. God is willing to teach us by His grace how we can live a life pleasing to Him. Listen to His voice and obey Him. God’s grace called us, saved us and forgives us. That’s not all that He offers to us. We can live a victorious Christian life by the grace of God. Yes, we can really say from the bottom of our heart that , “I’m doing well by the grace of God”. May Almighty God help us all.