THE GRACE OF GOD
What is grace? Grace is not getting what we deserve and getting what we do not deserve. A good illustration of this is a man driving an old, beat-up car hits a very expensive car. The value of the damage on the expensive car is twice the value of his car. He is obligated by the law to pay for the damage of the expensive car, but he does not have enough money to pay for it or even fix his own car. The man who owns the expensive car assesses the damage of his own car and the poor man's car, then he pulls his check and writes a check to the poor man to get him another car.
The poor man deserves to pay for all the damages, but the rich man did not demand any payment; instead, the rich man writes a check to the poor man to get him another car, which he does not deserve. In the same manner, we deserve to receive the wrath of God because of our sin, but because we believe in the Lord Jesus, God forgives us of our sin, then He gives us a new life in Him, which we do not deserve.
The grace of God tells us that we do not deserve our forgiveness and our new life in Him through what we have done, but we receive forgiveness and a new life in Him through what the Lord Jesus has done for us. God has done it all for us. The only thing that we need to do is to genuinely believe in the Lord Jesus as our Lord and Savior. Let us be thankful to God that He did not give us what we deserve (His wrath), but He forgave us and given us a new life in Him (we do not deserve).
Ask yourself these questions: What is grace? How does the grace of God affect my life? What should be my response to God's grace in my life?
Write down all the worries that you are facing today and lift them up to God.
Father in heaven, thank you for your grace. I deserve your wrath and punishment because of my sin, but you save me from your wrath. I do not deserve your forgiveness and new life in you, but you have graciously given them to me. May I always be thankful for everything you have done in my life and live for you. In the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.