Christians are saved by grace, we live by grace and we end up in heaven by grace and grace alone. So much of the time we understand grace intellectually but our hearts don’t grasp the beauty of grace. Sometime we need to be reminded of the beauty of God’s grace. Here is a beautiful definition of God’s grace from theologian Paul Zahl that I hope reminds you of the beauty of God’s grace:
Grace is love that seeks you out when you have nothing to give in return. Grace is love coming at you that has nothing to do with you. Grace is being loved when you are unlovable…. The cliché definition of grace is “unconditional love.” It is a true cliché, for it is a good description of the thing. Let’s go a little further, though. Grace is a love that has nothing to do with you, the beloved. It has everything and only to do with the lover. Grace is irrational in the sense that it has nothing to do with weights and measures. It has nothing to do with my intrinsic qualities or so-called “gifts” (whatever they may be). It reflects a decision on the part of the giver, the one who loves, in relation to the receiver, the one who is loved, that negates any qualifications the receiver may personally hold…. Grace is one-way love. – Paul Zahl – Grace in Practice: A Theology of Everyday Life
Grace is one way love that is not dependent on anything about us. If you are a Christian you know this grace. You know you are loved by God even when you are unloveable. You know you are loved by God even when you can’t give anything back. This is the grace you have been shown!
When was the last time you thought deeply about this grace?
When was the last time you were emotionally engaged with the beauty of this grace?
If you don’t call yourself a Christian or you are figuring out where you are at with Jesus this grace can be yours too. When Jesus died one the cross he died so he could take away your sins. He died so you could have the gift of eternal life. He loved you when you you were unloveable. This love is amazing and it is free, that is why it is grace.
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