Tag Archive | unmerited grace

II Thessalonians 2: 16-17 ” May our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, Who loved us and by His grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.”

The Lord would like you to know that you are loved.  You are valued and precious in His sight.  Regardless of where you come from…how notorious your background may be, or how far you’ve walked away from Him…Jesus loves you.  You may say to yourself, “No one can love me…I’m too bad of a person.”  But you don’t know the Lord, and if you would just take a peek into His Word,  you’d see that all of Scripture is a love letter to you.  It’s written just for you,  to encourage and exhort…to strengthen and establish and allow you to become the very best person you can be.  By His wonderful grace – God’s loving kindness towards you –  there is the forgiveness of sins and reconciliation back to your Heavenly Father.  There’s no need to walk out this life alone with feelings of isolation and loneliness…Jesus loves you,  just as you are, right where you are today.

Romans 5: 1-2 ” Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand.”

Do you know where you’ll go when you die?  If you’re a Believer, do you have the trust to confidently state, “Yes, I’m going to heaven.”  Or do you stand there today just hoping you’ll make it?  This verse should then refute that gnawing uncertainty in your mind once and for all. For when we put our faith and trust in Jesus Christ, we are reconciled and placed in right standing with God.  And the peace brought about by this reconciliation to our Heavenly Father overshadows any doubt or fear our minds may have.  So stand now in faith and righteousness through Jesus Christ our Lord and be assured of your eternal life.

II Corinthians 12:9 ” But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.’ “

The Apostle Paul was given a thorn in his flesh…some chronic, painful condition that plagued him continually.  And even though he had  prayed three times for the Lord to take it – it remained.  This was the same Paul who preformed extraordinary miracles, (Acts 19:11)…cast out evil spirits, (Acts 16:18)…and raised people from the dead, (Acts 20:10).  But the prayers of his own healing went unanswered.  Now many of us would react very badly if we had a great Ministry but were unable to be healed personally of some very visible disease.  But Paul didn’t allow it to make him bitter, or doubt his worth.  Rather, he looked at it from the viewpoint of his dependence on the Lord and his need for humility.  For he writes in Philippians 4:13, “I can do everything through Him Who gives me strength.”  Paul gained his strength through his weakness…for God in His infinite wisdom gave Paul what he needed, not what he wanted.

Jeremiah 3:12 ” ‘Return, faithless Israel,’ declares the Lord, ‘I will frown on you no longer, for I am merciful,’ declares the Lord, ‘I will not be angry forever. Only acknowledge your guilt.’ “

In God’s perfect plan,  not one  human-being would experience Hell and  eternal death.  But  He’s also not sitting up in heaven with a big sledge hammer,  relishing the thought of punishing sinners.  Quite the opposite, for in II Peter 3:9 it says, “The Lord is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”  Our Lord is graciously waiting for all to turn to Him…but we have to make the first move…not only admitting our sin, but accepting responsibility and confessing… we need You,  Lord.

Romans 6:1-2 ” What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? “

You can’t have it both ways. When you say “Yes” to Jesus, the broken relationship between God and you is restored.  But that doesn’t mean you can manipulate His unearned and unmerited favor to your advantage.  That’s what we’d call cheap grace.  It’s an attitude of entitlement and presumption that you’d rather beg forgiveness than ask permission.

II Corinthians 6:2 ” For He says, ‘In the time of My favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.’ I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.”

Isaiah echoes this verse in Chapter 49, verses 8 and 9, “This is what the Lord says: ‘In the time of My favor I will answer you, and in the day of salvation I will help you; I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people, to restore the land and to reassign its desolate inheritances, to say to the captives, ‘Come out,’ and to those in darkness, ‘Be free!’ ”  Today the Lord is extending His favor towards you…offering His grace and kindness in order to deliver your soul from the guilt and punishment of sin.  He’s uncovering and revealing to you the sin in your life…He’s shedding light upon your spiritual blindness and beckoning  you to come out of the darkness and be free.

Ephesians 2:8-9 ” For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.”

It is simply by God’s unearned and unmerited favor that we have the chance to be saved.  It’s by His absolute free expression of His loving kindness towards us that we may come into a right relationship with Him through His Son Jesus Christ.  This divine gift…the gift of eternal life is not to be taken lightly, or with a casualness that doesn’t fully take into account the terrible price Jesus Christ paid for our freedom.  The gift of salvation can not be bought with a price…for what Jesus did for mankind was priceless.