This is not fair. That is not fair. We have all heard it, perhaps even said it various times. This statement is one I explored yesterday in my daily bible study, and I have to say, it was mind blowing!
The statement is one that we tend to apply when things simply are not going our way. More often than not, this accompanied by thoughts of I don’t deserve this. Those words too, do actually ring very true. Although perhaps not in the way we are most likely to think, especially when it comes to God’s grace.
What is grace?
Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary describes Grace as: An unmerited divine assistance given humans for their regeneration or sanctification, a virtue coming from God, and a state of sanctification enjoyed through divine grace. (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/grace)
Dictionary.com defines Grace in the following way:
However, I am partial to Jennifer Rothschild’s explanation of Grace. She writes:
Grace is free and undeserved favor. It’s unmerited kindness. (Missing Pieces: Real Hope When Life Doesn’t Make Sense, pg. 39)
This description of Grace, it bewildered me a bit. Usually when I think of this word, I think elegance. That though, does not even begin to touch the surface of spiritual grace and its application. God’s grace too is something that goes so much further than awe inspiring beauty or charm.
What is God’s Grace like?
2 Corinthians 8:9 (NIV) I am not commanding you, but I want to test the sincerity of your love by comparing it with the earnestness of others. 9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor,so that you through his poverty might become rich.
Galatians 3:13-14 (NIV) Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole.”[h] 14 He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delightin weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
The one though, that spoke to me the most was found in the New Testament book of Hebrews…
Hebrews 4: 14-16 = Jesus the Great High Priest
Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven,[f] Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. 16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
The most prominent image of God’s grace is Jesus. Jesus was with God from the very beginning. He was and is a holy, perfect, unblemished being. He was and is God’s greatest treasure. That was why it had to be Him, in God’s loving mercy for His sinful creation, that He gave that which was most precious to Him to earn us, our pardon.
Remember the definitions above I gave of grace? Look back on them now.
What is your definition of grace now?
I will take this moment to share mine with you. God’s Grace, to me, is an unearned pardon and act of genuine kindness as well as love that has spared our souls eternal torment.
Wow! Is that not amazing?!
What are you saying? What is so important about Grace and what does it have to do with fairness?
To be frank, while we may endure many things in this life that just simply do not make sense and may not seem right or fair, we are redeemed. There is peace and victory in the end. All unfairness, all injustice, all pain, all suffering, all the why’s and what if’s, they are all going to go away when this earthly existence is over and we return to the glory and majesty of our Lord.
Yes, this may mean hardship as well as trials. But do not forget! We have been given grace!
As Jennifer Rothschild puts it:
Jesus became poor so we would become rich. He became cursed to remove our curse. (Missing Pieces: Real Hope When Life Does Not Make Sense, pg. 39)
The curse of sin, death, and imminent as well as permanent destruction or damnation were removed from us through Jesus Christ our Lord. He took on our flesh, our trials, our temptations, our pain, our suffering, so that we might come to know Him personally and be freed forever from the bonds of Sin that took us away from God in the very beginning.
He did not deserve any of that He came to know and endure. Just as we, in our sinfulness, are undeserving of God’s mercy and love.
That, my friends, is love unconditional and grace abundant!
Be Blessed This Thursday….