“Immeasurable Grace by Daniel Broyles”Categories: Do you know the grace of God?
Grace has been defined as “unmerited favor,” and from my childhood, I was able to quote this definition. As I have grown, the concept of grace has grown with me as I am sure it will continue throughout my life. Reflecting, I can see how grace has been there, every step of the way, through the care and actions of those around me. It all started with my parents and grandparents. I can look back and see all of the wonderful things they did and gave to me knowing now that I did not deserve a single one. I really thought that I was getting grasp on seeing grace in my daily life. And, yet again, I learned yet a more profound meaning of grace. In March of 2014, my wife and I brought our son home. I was overwhelmed with love and gratefulness. What an amazing gracious gift that God has now entrusted into our hands. This most precious blessing has completely changed what I thought I knew of grace.
Our son is now a year old, and I cannot imagine life without him. Every day, I look forward to our time together, and I want to ensure that no harm ever comes to him. For the most part, with the exception of a few tumbles, my wife and I make sure this happens. Following one of those near-miss incidents, I had another epiphany. I still did not comprehend the totality of the concept of grace. The idea of knowingly letting something happen to my son is inconceivable. There is no way I could ever let that happen. But that this is exactly what God did – for the greater good of mankind. He showed us the greatest gesture of grace — He gave us His son.
We can see in John 1:1, 14 that God sent His son from Heaven to live on earth as a man and to suffer on the cross for our sins. He made the choice to save us through His son rather than to let us have no option to be with Him in Heaven. As a father, I cannot even begin to imagine this choice; however, God knew that this was necessary and loved us enough to make this decision. The bible tells us that we all sin against God (Romans 3:23). I have sinned against God, and in turn, He has given us His son. What a very heavy thought! I am the reason God chose to send His son.
What an immeasurable gift and sacrifice! God has so richly blessed us! He gave me the opportunity to have an eternal relationship with Him through the selfless gift of His son (Ephesians 2:8-9). He wants so much to share this grace with you, too. Please let us help you.
Additional Resources Immeasurable Grace- Bible Study Guide Joy in Heaven-Sermon by Curtis Pope I Sing the Mighty Power of God - Hymn from Annual Singing with Tim Stevens
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A Youthful Perspective
Grace to Me
By Makenzie Belcher
We hear the word Grace a lot, but do we know what it truly means? Grace can be defined as many things. But the most commonly used definition is, "unmerited or undeserving favor of God." That describes it pretty well! The ultimate Grace example is God giving his son to die for us. It is by the Grace of God that we can be saved. ”For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:8-10 NKJV) God decided to give his son to die on the cross for us. He didn't have to, but he wanted to, we didn't deserve it, but he thought we needed it. Because of this sacrifice we are able to be baptized. Our sins are able to be washed away.
Mercy plays a pretty big role in this example also. Jesus wanted God to give mercy to the ones who were sacrificing him. "There were also two others, criminals, led with Him to be put to death. And when they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him, and the criminals, one on the right hand and the other on the left. Then Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.’ And they divided His garments and cast lots." (Luke 23:32-34 NKJV) This is something I don't think I could have done. I would not be able to say that if that was happening to me. I am sure most of us couldn't. That just shows how extraordinary Jesus was. He went through all that pain for us. He suffered on that cross so we could be saved and forgiven. He could've quit and said he wasn't going to do it anymore, but he stayed for us. For that I am forever grateful. This example of God's Grace is something we all know, & have heard of before, but it really is the greatest example.
You may be wondering about Grace in our daily lives. It is all around us. Here are a few examples. You may have received a gift from someone who really may have not had a lot. But out of the goodness of their heart, they gave it to you. You probably didn't necessarily deserve the gift, but they wanted to give it to you. We may know of someone who had a sickness but is now healed, someone who may have been severely injured but has now made a full recovery. It could have not resulted very well, but instead things got better for them. Those are other great examples.
Grace can be shown through Random Acts of Kindness. Things you may not think would go a long way, really does. Always act your best. You never know whose life you can effect. "Let brotherly love continue. Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels." (Hebrews 13:1-2 NKJV)
We should always try to be a better Christian. We can never go wrong with trying to improve ourselves. We should work up to where this could be our rightful attitude as a Christian. "But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me." (I Corinthians 15:10 NKJV)
Love is always the answer. If we have love, we will be filled with Grace and Mercy for others that we encounter in our daily lives.