'The Grace Gift'
Let’s not beat around the bush. Our reality is, we are all sinners. We aren’t worthy of any of the things that we receive from Christ. The fact that we woke up this morning doesn’t mean we deserve to, we gave up our right to live when we choose to sin. Waking up in our right mind is neither an indication that we are more special than the other person(s) that have passed on before us. It’s just an extension of God’s grace.
A popular bible studies website (Bible study Tool) had this to say about Grace: “The word "grace" in biblical parlance can, like forgiveness, repentance, regeneration, and salvation, mean something as broad as describing the whole of God's activity toward man or as narrow as describing one segment of that activity. An accurate, common definition describes grace as the unmerited favor of God toward man.”
So in other words we can say grace is from God and even though we don’t deserve, he grants it to us anyway. We all know exactly how messed up we are and the many times we’ve failed God. How many times have we caused him to bow his head in shame? And if we should be honest with ourselves, we wouldn’t do the same for our friends. As I pointed out in another devotional, forgiveness is something that we don’t practice; grace is something that we don’t give easily or any at all. This grace that God grants us is an indication of his undying love towards us. St. John 3:16, For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life.
Jesus, we know that we are full or sin, shame and disgrace but we thank you that you overlooked all this and loves us just the same. We thank you for loving the sinner even though you hate the sin. We ask you for a renewing of our minds so that our actions and words will fully demonstrate how happy and grateful we are for grace. We ask for a Holy Ghost transformation so that as grace is given to us, we will extend it to others. Hear our humble prayers Lord, Amen.