“Grace” is not something you say before a meal. And from a biblical perspective “Grace” isn’t a blue-eyed blond either. Even saying that “grace” is “God’s unmerited favor” given to unworthy sinners is only half the story. It is that… but it is more than simply that… It is also God’s rich and ample provision (you could even say, abundant and profuse) of everything we need in order to please Him, do His will and fulfill his purposes! One biblical writer put it this way, “His divine power has given us everything necessary for life and godliness!” (2 Peter 1:3) Wow!!
All of that came to mind as I read these words from the Bible this morning during “coffee with the Lord”…
“The grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all people. It trains us to reject godless ways and worldly desires and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, as we wait for the happy fulfillment of our hope in the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ. He gave himself for us to set us free from every kind of lawlessness and to purify for himself a people who are truly his, who are eager to do good. (from Titus 2:11–14 the NET Bible)
Think of it! Not just God’s grace sufficient enough to save every human being on the face of planet earth because of what Jesus did for us! But grace at work within our lives training us to live Godly lives in a pagan culture and wicked world! Grace adequate to free us from every kind of lawless tendency so that we are eager to please the Lord in everyway! One word for that… Wow! I’m telling you, I need (and want) the full and complete work of God’s grace in my life, don’t you?”