II Cor 9:8- "And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work."
Most people who follow Jesus, when asked to define grace, define it as getting from God what we do not deserve. And most of those who define grace in this way are thinking mainly in terms of salvation itself. This definition is true, but it is only a good start. This is not a complete definition of grace. Grace also includes everything we receive from God to walk as Jesus walked in all areas of life. Jesus said "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light." (Matt. 11:28-30) Those who labor and are heavy laden are those who try to live in their own strength. This group can include those who try to please God in their own flesh, as the Pharisees did. It can include people who were saved by grace alone, yet have forgotten that the life that pleases God is lived by grace alone. Grace is what the Father supplies through the Holy Spirit to walk as Jesus the Son walked. Whatever the Triune God calls us to do, He will supply all that we need to obey. By relying on His grace rather than on our own strength, we find rest from all our futile labors.
(All Scripture Quotations are from the NKJV.)
Sunday, June 10, 2007
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