“But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.” – Ephesians 2:4-5
It can be so easy to fall into the trap of self-illusion and self-righteousness. Our good looks, our perfect ways, our talents and gifts; so easy to get carried away. We often forget that our foundation and cornerstone is Christ Jesus. He loved us even when we didn’t know Him. He provided for us even when we didn’t shed a sweat for Him. Isn’t this an act of His infinite grace?
Grace has been mentioned about 170 times in the Bible. How is it different or similar to mercy!
Grace is when God gives us something we don’t deserve whereas, mercy is when God doesn’t give us what we do deserve. (Worth reading again)
Grace, originates from the Latin word gratia, which came from the Greek word charis, which originally meant “favor,” as in a gift or act of kindness that one person extends to another, in a gesture of offering. The shedding of Christ’s blood on the cross of Calvary was the ultimate offering given for us.
We have done absolutely nothing to earn this love. It is not by any of our works that we have received this salvation from Christ, our Saviour.
When we were soaked in our lawlessness, our God through Jesus, chose to love us. It’s his mercy which has saved us from the umpteen punishments. We deserved to be torn apart but by his mercy we are intact in him
Few lines from a hymn which summarize as below –
Amazing grace — how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me; I once was lost, but now I’m found; was blind but now I see.
Lord, we are grateful for your grace that saved us from our transgressions. You chose us much before we even knew you. Help us to remember this and walk in faith spreading your love wherever you place us. Amen.